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12/05/13 Reports are in.
We had a very good day. Lots of
steeliesin Three Rivers, some had hooked double digits.
It wasn't uncommon to here folks going three for five.
No boater traffic on the big river, only two shuttles
today and we didn't here back from either. One bright
Chinook showed up at our door with a report of one other
caught at the hatchery. The Nestucca will be about 6.2
or 3feet by morning. Maybe lower depending on how cold
it gets. Man these little winters are very bright and
pretty fish. After seeing salmon for the last six months
or so it is a pleasant change to see some metal heads!
21 degrees is what I read at 5:00
AM this morning. The Nestucca river is still on the drop
though not what the river gage shows. As usual. when
ever it freezes or does anything out of the norm, our
river gage goes nutso! My best guess is that the
Nestucca is still just over 6 feet. River clarity
has improved dramatically and is looking great. No wind
to speak of and it will warm up in the afternoon. Winter
steelhead are showing from Farmers to Cloverdale and in
Three Rivers. Folks are making their way over the
mountain OK but I'm told you need to drive with caution,
even though they have sprayed de-icer on HWY 22 there
are still a few slick spots in places that don't see the
sun during the day. The area just east and through the
Castle Rock Camp Ground site have traditionally always
been a bad spot.
12/03/13 Wow what a
wild couple of days! No fishing
of coarse! Monday night the Nestucca jumped from 5 feet
to 11.5 feet. The Nestucca took a big jump as did all
the north coast rivers. The rain has stopped and with
the cold weather the Nestucca is on a fast drop.
Depending on how cold it gets it could be fishable
tomorrow. More than likely it will be better Thursday.
We will probably see the last push for fall Chinooks.
High water like this should bring in the rest of
what's on the ocean as far as salmon go. There won't be
much for numbers but we always see some late salmon this
time of year. Winter steelhead destined for Three Rivers
will also see a pretty major push. It's time for these
guys to start to show in numbers and my best guess is
when this water drops the steelhead will already be
there in waiting.
11/30/13 Not many
boaters today. Friday we had
nearly 18 shuttles ,today only three, go figure. Friday
lately has become the new Saturday with folks trying to
fish before the weekend crowd. Turns out the crowd is on
Friday's instead. Winter Steelhead are picking up , we
saw some nice catches today. There are still some bright
Chinooks hanging out. The last two days we had four
chrome Chinooks dropped by to see. Winter steelhead
fishing right now is for the Three Rivers hatchery run,
they tend to be little guys anywhere from 5-8 pounds.
They are still fun to catch and very good eating. Right
now they are just really bright and pretty fish. Jigs
were working somewhat today but more fish were caught on
eggs or shrimp than anything. One fisherman caught two
nice steelies on a night crawler corkie rig that had the
corkie above and worm threaded full length.
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