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River Forecast Info

March 31, 2015

River Reports

Submitted by Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
www.allwashingtonfishing.com, 425-736-8920

Coastal & SW Washington Report

March 31, 2015

Gotta love this time of year. Lots of options for us Steelheaders. Coastal Steel are going strong in all the rivers still open. Most of the fish are Nates so catch and release is the rule but with less pressure you can really have some great number days and there's always a chance for you to catch that fish of a life time. If hatchery Steel is what you want the Cowlitz at Blue Creek is fishing good and you don't need boat. The guys from the bank are doing very well in this area. Boat fisherman have been doing pretty good with most of the fish being caught Side drifting. For me it's Spring Chinook time and I can't get them off my mind. The Columbia is heating up as well as the tribs. Good numbers of fish are starting to show and with some of the best water conditions in years it could be one of those incredible years like we would love to see. Here are a few very nice early Spring Chinook we have put into my boat the last few days.

If your looking for a Spring Chinook trip I will be fishing the Cowlitz river the rest of the Spring and have a few days left open.

For more info call Phil Stephens, Mystical Legends Guide Service Call (206) 940-0052 or E-mail

Steelhead fishing has been darn good this year in March. Always a stinker day thrown in but for the most part good. Side Drifting small baits or yarnies or back trolling shrimp works well. Got our first Springer last week and more and more are starting to show. I'll be switching over in a week or so and targeting these awesome fish. Anyone looking to get in on this give me a call or shoot me an e-mail..

Rob Sweem, R&K Guide Service
(360) 481-0612 or Email

No report this week

(253) 208-7433 
Bruce Warren
Fishing For Fun Guide Service


No report this week


Todd Daniels
Tall Tails Guide Service
Cell 206-437-8766 or Email

Fishing is good on many WA State fishing fronts.
The weather has been very friendly and the rivers are at low and fishable conditions.

Cowlitz River hatchery Steelhead are there for the taking.
The Olympic Peninsula is giving up monster native Steelhead. Cutt Throat trout are biting on Lake Washington & Lake Sammamish. Walleye fishing is already in full swing on The Columbia River, Banks Lake and The Potholes Reservoir.

The lower Columbia is fishing pretty darn well for springers. Don't forget April 10th is your last chance (unless the extend the season).
Trolling herring on the incoming and slack tides, or sitting on wrapped plugs on an outgoing tide is your best bet.

Basically get out there and go fishing :-)!

My next openings are on The Potholes Reservoir for Walleye and/or combo bass and walleye trips. Those dates start on April 24 and run through May 22 for my 2015 season. Get a hold of me if you want in on catching limits of walleye.

See you on the water and FishON!!

Bonner's FishON! Guide Service 
Website bonnerfishon.com
Cell 425-281-8772
Email Bonnerfishon@gmail.com

The steelhead are in strong on the SW and Coastal Rivers and fisheries managers have increased the limit on the Cowlitz to 3 steelhead - add in a few Spring Chinook already being caught and you're in for a really worthy fishing trip.

We are fishing the Columbia at Portland through April 10th for Spring Kings.  We are booking for the Coastal Rivers, Kalama and Cowlitz after the 10th of April.  

Fishing opportunities are endless right now - use code UNIVERSITY for weekly discount when you book online or call https://fishwaterswest.rezdy.com/ 253.389.0359

Casey Weigel
Waters West Guide Service


No report this week


Joe Princen Jr.
JP'S Guide Service

253 347 5300 or Joeprincenjr@gmail.com

Columbia River at Vancouver/PDX

Decent numbers Spring Kings are in the systems in this week with hot action coming in flurries!!!

The ideal river clarity and flows are reminiscent of the golden years of 08', 09', and 10' which in my opinion is the biggest factor for success.  

Both down-trolling cut-plug green label herring or anchor fishing are working well.  I always prefer to down-troll for the most activity and to cover water.  

The last day to fish the lower river is April 10th and our team has scattered availability through that date if your interested in his fishery.  Good luck!

Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
www.allwashingtonfishing.com, 425-736-8920

Team Guide Drift Boats

No report this week


Ryan McCaughan  (206)533-4105  www.seattlefishingtrips.com

West coast angler crews have been having some great days catching winter steelhead on the Cowlitz . 
We have been finding out fishing free drifting eggs with light gear and small baits! Fish are spread from top to bottom thought out the river.
As of April 1st the limit on the Cowlitz has been bumped to 3 steelhead! 
We will be starting our Columbia river king salmon trips April 1st on the Columbia fishing has been picking up and limits are a real  opportunity in the upcoming weeks! 


Nate Bryant: (360) 219-3863


Olympic Pennisula Report  

March 31, 2015

No report this week



Gift Certificates Available

Submitted by Mike Zavadlov
Mike Z's Guide Service
(360) 640 8109
Email: mike@mikezsguideservice.com


No report this week


Gary Grahn, Olympic Anglers Guides and Charters, Riverview RV Park, (360) 640-4820; olympicanglers.com; olympicanglers@centurylink.net


Washougal River

March 31, 2015

Skagit River

March 31, 2015

No report this week


North Rivers
November 18, 2014

No report this week


Snohomish River System

March 31, 2015


No report this week

Capt. Tyler S Perry
Reel Pros Guide Service
(425) 345-7606

Klickitat River March 31, 2015

No report this week

Call or email Tracy Zoller .... phone (509) 369-2366


Upper Columbia
March 31, 2015



Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

March 31, 2015


No report this week


Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum



The steelhead fishing on the main Clearwater in Idaho is all wrapped up. We will be running Spring Chinook Trips May 1 to about July 4th on the Clearwater. The last few years has been phenomenal and the best fishing should be around Memorial Day weekend.
Clearwater River Company is offering guide Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon, and Trout trips throughout Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Utah, through our network of full time professional guides.


Submitted by Ryan Pitcher
1 866 846-4240 or Email ryan@wcafish.com

North Coast Oregon

March 31, 2015

No report this week

Chris Snyder - Total Fisherman Chris@totalfisherman.com

www.totalfisherman.com 253-335-9514

Portland Area Rivers:

Willamette Valley

March 31, 2015

No report this week

Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536

Sandy River

March 31, 2015



Clackamas River

March 31, 2015

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

March 31, 2015



This past week we have seen just about every type of weather possible except snow, lots of rain, some sunshine and a few wind storms thrown in for good measure. Despite all of this, fishing has remained solid through Vancouver and Fraser Valley. See below for detailed report.

Time to renew your fishing licenses, they are now expired so I have provided links to both freshwater and tidal, remember if you are fishing sturgeon above Mission bridge you will require a sturgeon tag along with your basic license.

Non -Tidal License -  You can purchase your fishing license on-line at http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/index.html 

 How to buy a license, check out the Tutorial - http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/docs/tutorial_for_anglers.pdf

Tidal License - You can purchase your license at - https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm


As of April 1st, it is illegal to fish for sturgeon at night. This regulation has been introduced to curb the illegal harvest of sturgeon. It applies to the non - tidal waters of the Fraser and includes the Harrison and Pitt. Another new regulation for 2015/16 is that you are now permitted to use fin fish for bait in the Harrison and Pitt Rivers. Please refer to your 2015/2016 freshwater regulations for details.

Fraser River Sturgeon

The Fraser River is high and dirty with lots of logs and debris in the water, yesterday the Hatzic Hole and Flats area were completely jammed with logs, this morning looks better so I am assuming that it was due to heavy rains up north. Despite the conditions, sturgeon fishing has been nothing short of amazing with lots of nice fish being caught.  Best baits have been Eulachon and Lamprey fish on the bottom.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Vancouver Salmon Fishing has been fair to good this past week, some nice Chinook being caught in Howe Sound as well as Vancouver Harbour. The new Gibbs/Delta STS UV Glo flasher has been working really well for local guides and anglers. This flasher was developed by Gibbs/Delta to address the effectiveness of UV and Glo tape under water. Many guides had been buying UV tape and adding to spoons and flashers so being the leaders in Saltwater fishing, Gibbs produced a Guide Series Flasher using these two products. You can now buy these Guide Series flashers at your local tackle store, my 3 favorites are STS, Bon Chovy and No Bananas.

Vedder River Steelhead

Freds Tackle in Abbotsford reports that the Vedder River is still in good shape, fishing was slower yesterday but should improve as water is dropping as we speak. Don't forget that if you are fishing steelhead this weekend you will need a new license and tag for steelhead, fishing should remain good over the weekend and through until the end of the month until the river closes to gear fishing and becomes fly only.

We are now booking for our upcoming Pitt River Trout and Salmon season, most of our groups fly fish this river but we can also fish with light spin tackle for those anglers who prefer to cast spoons and spinners.  Our season runs from June 1 to August 15, we fish for sea-run Bull Trout and all species of salmon that return to the Pitt River. Our regular rate for this trip is $850 for 2 anglers, includes full day departing Grant Narrows at 6am returning between 3 to 4 pm.

Come join us for the 2015 season, call or e-mail us to book your next guided fishing adventure.

To Book Your next guided adventure, call us Toll Free 1-866-771-3474

Remember to conserve your catch

Tight Lines and we will see you on the water

Vic Carrao
STS Guiding Service
604 671-FISH (3474)

Stamp River, Vancouver Island Canada
March 31, 2015


Last Weeks Highlights:
The low clear waters and weeks now without any rainfall accumulation has dropped the river into very low status.

Gin clear water had made the fishing even more challenging as the fish have every advantage with the visibility.

Challenges of clear water aside, this does help those who want to take on trying to get a Winter Steelhead on the fly.  The low waters make this attempt actually practical. This past week visiting angler Grant was able to check off "Winter Steelhead on the fly" on his bucket list!

Congratulations Grant! That is not just any Steelhead, that is a beauty fish! (See photo below)

Current Conditions:
Very low and gin clear.

Lots of access with the low water.

Bright sun by mid day but fog in the mornings.

No Rain in the forecast until next week. Hope the fog sticks around as long as possible each morning.

**Looking to plan your summer fishing vacation, be sure to check out Kyuquot Sound! That is where have been going for the past 20 years. Learn more from our most recent online newsletter which includes our summer calendar http://conta.cc/18i8j2V***

For the latest info visit at http://murphysportfishing.com/site/fishing-report.html for river level charts, local weather expectations, and more.

Call anytime for updated conditions 250-723-8022

Marilyn Murphy


Skeena Region, BC Canada
March 31, 2015



No report this week


Gill McKean, Westcoast Fishing Adventures www.westcoastfishing.ca
1-866-578-8552 toll free 1-250-615-3477 cell
Fishing is our addiction ­ Guiding is our passion
Adventure is in our blood


Tight Lines,

Tracey John Hittel
Kitimat BC Canada
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.



March 31, 2015

No report this week


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