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.
Just got back from a week-long roadie in Northwestern Oregon, where Big Fred, Riles and I met up with our boy Nick “The Sultan of Steelies” Amato, Editor of Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine and all-around cool cat. We focused on some of the smaller, less traveled streams on the Oregon coast. Here’s what we found…
Are downer steelhead really…well…”downers?” Lots of folks think so because when you catch them they’re usually skinny, colored up and not the greatest of fighters. Some people even get bummed out when they hook a downer (also known as runbacks, kelts or spent fish) but there’s actually a lot to love about ’em.