Finding a place to wet a line is easy, but what you want to know is where to find the best fishing — where it’s hot, when it’s hottest in Oregon and Washington. Here are our recommendations for 36 — three each month — of the Northwest’s top angling destinations. Let’s take a look at the options available for February Steelhead Fishing in Washington and Oregon.
Here’s a sample of some great destinations to help you plan your next fishing trip and be sure to check out the solunar fishing calendar on In-Fisherman!
Umpqua River, OR
The biggest winter-run fish hit the river this month. These are steelhead that can run 10 to 20 pounds. Intercept them in the Elkton reach.
Side-drifting, or some variation thereof, works best for the boat angler. Cured roe and yarn remain the favorite bait, but jigs and beads are good alternatives, especially in clearer water.
One bait that is gaining fans is the pink worm, which can be drifted on traditional drift setups or run beneath a float. Hold the boat slower than the top current and let the baits or weights tick the bottom.
For a guide, call Jody Smith Guide Service (www.jodysmithguideservice.com) or River Secrets Guide Service (541-670-9451).
It’s going to be cold, but the fishing for mackinaw can be hot at Crescent Lake.
Watch the temperature and check in with the resort at Diamond Lake for a chance to catch rainbows through the ice.
Anglers like their tools close by. And it’s even better if it’s connected to you so it doesn’t go in the drink. T-Reign retractable gear tethers hold onto your pliers, hemostats or landing net. Several size options. Carabiner connects to D-ring, belt loop or strap, or use the stainless steel clip on belt or pack.
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