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: Summer Steelhead in the Deschutes

07-18-2008, 08:09 PM
Traditionally, July Fourth marks the beginning of the summer season on the Deschutes, given there are sufficient numbers of summer steelhead in the lower river to have a reasonable expectation of hooking one some calm morning or howling evening.

I usually look for good fishing when The Dalles passage count exceeds 5,000 Steelhead per day. What I've seen to date is a little below that, but, barring the fish are not holding in the barge lanes between The Dalles and John Day, there should definitely be a catchable population in the river.

From personal experience I know a run of 2-salt fish enters in June or late May. In late July, I've caught fish at Macks Canyon that were already significantly colored. I don't know for sure if this is a native run or some of the many introduced stocks; nevertheless. they're there and of good size (eight to twelve pounds -- again in my experience).

Wish I were there.

Any recent reports?

-- Eric