Here’s another HAWG of the Month entry, this time from Zack Carper, who shamed the family name by catching this beautiful Eel River steelhead while fishing with guide John Klar.
Carper will be going up against other monthly entries and the winner gets a nice prize pack of a hat and some hot salmon & steelhead lures from Yakima Bait…of course, with a name like that, a pack of corn and doughballs would probably be more fitting for Carper. Sorry, Zack…couldn’t resist!
Wild Chinook salmon runs on Northern California’s Eel River have been making a great comeback and this fall’s run looks to be the largest one since the 1950’s!
Before the first significant rains of the season, over 10,000 are estimated to have entered the Main Eel and, since fresh fish enter the system all the way into January, biologists figure the final number could hit the 20,000 to 30,000 mark!
Read the entire story at the Willits News
Nnorthern California’s gonna get dumped on this week, effectively washing out the great steelheading that was going on on rivers like the Eel. Check out where the guidance plots say she’s going to go — up over 100,000 cfs — later in the week!
Obviously, it’s going to be awhile before anybody gets back out on the creek!
Living in the big city, Josh Clark is well versed in planted trout & catfishing…but not wild Chinook. Well, that all changed when Mark Scatchard took his soon to be former friend out to Nor Cal’s Eel River and got out-fished. As you can see from the pic, Josh was stoked and may soon be swearing off the stockers and cats for good.
The fish munched a 1/5-ounce read/gold Cleo and was released after the grip and grin.
For his efforts, Josh is now entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest, in which he’ll have a shot at the monthly prize of some headgear compliments of Pautzke Bait Co. and maybe an entry into the Hawg Bowl Playoffs next month…where he could earn a fishing trip for two (I’m guessing who he would probably have to bring along) with guide Bill Swann of Swanny’s Fishing.