March and April is trophy time in the Pacific Northwest and John Bell got in on the fun on Sunday with this big Clackamas River steelhead estimated to be in the 18- to 20-pound class.
Bell hooked the fish on a John’s Jig under a bobber while fishing with Dave Eng of Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine.
You can vote for John at the end of the month when he goes up against all the other Hawg contenders. Monthly winners go on to the Hawg Bowl Playoffs and also win a prize pack from Yakima Bait.
Well, with steelie fishing pretty slow in the low, clear flows of California rivers, Reilly and I headed north this week for Oregon to see how things are looking in that neck of the woods.
Well, let’s just say conditions were pretty much the same…no rain in 2 weeks, freezing nights and below-average fish returns. The rivers were trickles and fresh fish hadn’t moved in to any of the systems in a looong time.
Still, it was a chance to get outta Dodge and see some new water — and hang with ol pal Nick Amato, editor of Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine. Luckily, Reilly’s got a place on the Oregon coast, so we had a place to crash…
As I said earlier, most Oregon streams were so slow that even Nick, a crusty veteran of decades of Oregon steelhead fishing, seemed surprised by the lack of water.
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It’s no secret that pink plastic worms are deadly on steelhead, but we’ve pretty much been flogged endlessly with every possible way to use them a hundered times over, right?