Let's start a thread on North Shore water levels and temps for river fishing. I'm living a few hours away and am anxious to know how the water is looking. From what I'm hearing we need rain bad, and the rivers are running way too cold for steelhead. What are you guys finding? I just ordered my Raven floats and have been tying yarn flies like crazy. Now just need to add steelhead.
The word from up on the north shore goes like this. The river levels have been dropping and warming at the same time. The lester was reported at 38 degrees already. It usually only takes a few days at 41 or so for the smelt to start running. The coho's are already in the shallows and feeding just fine, people are catching them in canal park area, and they are running about 15" or so. Spinners, crawlers, and looper bugs with larvae, or spawn sacks are all working.
The DNR reports thats the shoreline fisherman are already catching loopers and cohos on the lower shore. They also say that this week the river fishermen have began to work up stream, no reports of numbers or species yet by the DNR since they do not have their creel inspectors out yet do the very early spring conditions. But other reports have the shoreline anglers doing ok, with the expection that the bite will only improve as the water temps rise. Another report has some smallcraft working the mriver mouths with spoons and cranks and they are also producing. The DNR website has a northshore fishing report. Click on fishing, then the stream report. It's a pdf that gets updated a couple times a week when things are happening up there. I hope this helps you out. And of course, we would like any of your info and pics as well Garrett. Welcome aboard!
My son, if I get a better pic than this I will update this!!!
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