Steelhead Fishing

“Washington State Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Trout Fishing Guide Service that is an institution with Anglers in the Pacific Northwest”

“Steelhead Fishing On Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with veteran master guide Larry Scott is above all some of the finest fishing you will ever experience anywhere for this great game fish”.

Native Steelhead

Native Steelhead

In mid-November when the rivers swell from the rains of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula coast, the migration of winter Steelhead begins. The first Steelhead that arrive to our rivers are of hatchery origin. The chrome-bright fish weigh from 5-12 pounds. By Thanksgiving the numbers increase continuing through the Christmas holiday and are usually spawning by mid January.

For the people that love the flavor of Steelhead, this is the time to catch those hatchery raised fish for the dinner table. The daily limit is two hatchery Steelhead per/person. Most of our fishing this time of year is spent on the Bogachiel, Calawah, Sol Duc, and Hoh rivers in the winter months.

As the new year begins, the infamous native (wild) Steelhead start their migration upstream which makes our world class rivers home. These beautiful sea-run rainbows are the Tarpon of the west. With their strong will to fight, spin, or dance to break loose for freedom; it’s a challenge for any angler to land one of these Steelhead. Native Steelhead average about 10-15 pounds, with many into the high teens. It’s not uncommon in late January and February to catch a trophy class Steelhead in the 20 pound class, and possibly a monster in the 30 pound class. Every year these magnificent andronimous creatures are caught. In the winter season, on February 6th 1998, a Westside Guide Service client caught the unofficial state record (34.4pound) native Steelhead and released him to freedom. Again on February 12, 2002 a (31 lb.) native Steelhead was caught on 8 lb test line. This season, January 14th, 2013, we landed another trophy steelhead that weight 28.49 lbs.
We promote catch and release on wild Steelhead to ensure the future runs of these pristine watersheds of the  Olympic National Park.

Chrome Steelhead

Chrome Steelhead

March is known as the height of the season and very productive with native Steelhead averaging 11-15 pounds. State regulations permit the taking of one wild Steelhead per year on any river in the state. April is the start of spring on the Olympic Peninsula, and also a great month for numbers right to the end of the season April 31st. Included in this fishery is the occasional showing of spring salmon (springers), also a very explosive fish, averaging 15-35 pounds.

Most fishing is performed out of a new 2009, 17ft. aluminum (forced air-heated) drift boat, or my 15′ raft  for our fly-fishing trips. All bait and tackle are provided, or feel free to bring your favorite rod and reel, etc. Please bring your own waders if you have them.

Steelhead

Steelhead

The summer months are also filled with Steelhead! We fish the Olympic Peninsula, Columbia river, and in the southwest region, Kalama, Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. This summer we’re expecting to have another great season. We can host up to six anglers per boat. Fishing will be performed out of a new 2008 23 ft. jet-sled on the Columbia, Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. Drift boating on the Kalama and Hoh rivers. All bait and tackle is provided.

A variety of accommodations are available. I recommend the Miller Tree Inn, Sol Duc River Lodge as the top choices on the peninsula. All have great sack lunches for the trip. Or if you like to motel it, the Forks Motel, Olympic Suites, Pacific Inn or the Dew Drop Inn will provide you with a comfortable stay, with a local restaurant serving a healthy breakfast and lunch to go. Check with us for referrals on your stay on the southern rivers.

All trips are secured with a 50% deposit due when booking is finalized. We accept VISA and MasterCard  Visa and Mastercard
Cancellations are 14 days prior to booked date. 13 days or less to your booked dates, you loose your deposit!

Whether you’re entertaining a client, bringing a friend, or taking the family on an excursion, I guarantee this is a trip everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the kids! With my 37 years of experience on these rivers, I will provide a fun and memorable experience of a lifetime.

Drift fishing, float fishing, side drifting, back trolling plugs or bait, vertical fishing, and back bouncing are the most widely used and effective fishing techniques. I also specialize in fly fishing for Steelhead, Salmon and Trout.