Weirdest place you've ever caught a steelhead

Panhandle

Active Member
#1
I don't have much to contribute here. When I was a kid a got one out of the Breitenbush in Oregon while trout fishing. I didn't know what I was doing or what I had caught....
 

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
#2
This is strange i haven't thought of this in years. when I was kid in California we lived in East Palo Alto accross the street from the San Fransisquito Creek. This creek was about twenty feet deep and at that point was also the county line between San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Sometimes it rained enough that we would have water in it and even occasionally it would fill up and flood like in 1955 and 1964. Usually if it had enough water to run ir was about 3 to 5 feet deep and lasted about week before it dried up. we often played in the creek as it was right in town. One day my sister came up and wanted the rake and she and her friend said they found a pool that hadn't dried up and there was a fish in it. We went down and they raked that fish out of the pool and it was a large steelhead. I don't rermember ever finding any other fish in that creek the 14 years I lived there. Bob I have fished the Breitenbush also but never saw any steelhead.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#3
It was 25 years ago. As I got older I've identified it as a steelhead because it was so large. Could have been a rainbow or the perspective of a young lad.
 
#4
Milwaukee's Root River, small stream half an hour from downtown, two on a fly using the "Exciter Fishing" Technique. That was 30 years ago. Someone said the Milwaukee River itself has cleaned up enough there are now steelhead in it??? Back then anyone who fell in the Milwaukee river was taken to a hospital for 24 hour observation. And Chicago sued Milwaukee to clean up it's act. I won't comment on Chicago sueing anyone to clean up anything.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#7
I caught an overwintering Juvenile one fall at the lake here at school, they counted 20 that year.
AKPM, I seem to recall you reminding me once that a fin clipped juvenile was a rainbow when I thought it was a steelhead. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it was a juvenile fish that was wintering over, isn't it a rainbow?;)
 

Erik F. Helm

Frozen in the river, speyrod in hand
#8
Milwaukee's Root River, small stream half an hour from downtown, two on a fly using the "Exciter Fishing" Technique. That was 30 years ago. Someone said the Milwaukee River itself has cleaned up enough there are now steelhead in it??? Back then anyone who fell in the Milwaukee river was taken to a hospital for 24 hour observation. And Chicago sued Milwaukee to clean up it's act. I won't comment on Chicago sueing anyone to clean up anything.
Yup. All it took was removal of the North Avenue dam and the Milwaukee river cleaned itself. Milw. is still having sewage dumping problems though. Dams are coming down all along the river and/or fish ladders are being installed. Lake sturgeon reintroduced as well. PCBs being removed. See my blog for some pictures of the Milwaukee now. You will not recognize it.

Sometimes we do win a few.

Erik
classicangler.blogspot.com
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#9
AKPM, I seem to recall you reminding me once that a fin clipped juvenile was a rainbow when I thought it was a steelhead. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it was a juvenile fish that was wintering over, isn't it a rainbow?;)
no some juvi steelhead go out to sea for a bit and over winter in lakes then go back out, this was one of those fish they counted it upstream in a weir
 

Flyborg

Active Member
#11
Didn't catch it with a rod, but we pulled a dead steelhead out of Vancouver Lake a few years ago just below where Burnt Bridge Creek dumps into the lake proper. We figured it was a stray that missed Salmon Creek, but I've always wondered if nature is trying to make her way back to Burnt Bridge.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#12
I caught one on the Slapshot (gear fishing though) after my pal waded out into the river thigh deep. Went up a tad bit from him and swung a spin and glo toward him and caught a nice hen between him and the bank. She splashed him as she danced around. Maybe not weird, but funny as shit to watch his frustrated reaction. That day, the teacher (my pal) went 0-3. The student 2-3. I tell this story to him every now and then and add that I became a fly fisherman to even the odds with him.