Continuing the tradition of the last few winters Three Rivers Marine & Tackle is excited to be putting on our annual Winter Steelhead Derby. The derby runs from December 1st to January 15th. Rules of the derby are simple! Steelhead must be hatchery fish from the Snohomish System Only meaning the Skykomish, Wallace, Snoqualmie, Snohomish and Pilchuck river. All you need to do to be entered is bring your fish into Three Rivers and let one of our tackle associates weigh it for you. Prizes will be handed out for biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish and a few random drawings as well. Great prizes from companies such as G.Loomis, Shimano, Okuma, Simms, Daiwa, and many more!! Good Luck to all and we look forward to seeing your catches! The more steelhead you catch and bring in to be weighed the better the odds to win a great prize!!
With that being said let’s talk winter steelhead fishing reports. Early reports have been good on the Wallace and Skykomish river. We have been hearing about a handful of steelhead being caught every morning the last week or so. Anglers have been finding success bank fishing up by the Reiter Ponds Hatchery as well as the mouth of the Wallace River as well as up the Wallace river. To target these fish anglers have been employing a variety of techniques such as float fishing with a jig, drift fishing with bait or a corky and yarn or beads, or even fishing spoons or spinners. Pink, white, peach and nightmare pattern jigs have been the most productive for winter steelhead depending on the water clarity. Tipping your jig with a piece of shrimp if allowed can help increase your catch rate. The river is in great shape and the steelhead are biting! Get out there and catch them!!!
If you are still looking to learn more about steelhead fishing, make sure to come to our Winter Steelhead Seminar December 9th to learn more about how to chase and catch steelhead from some of the best steelhead fisherman the state has to offer!!