Tucannon Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Wapitiman, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

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    Patrick...Thanks for setting me straight. It was about eighteen months ago that we talked to Broughton, and they were "open for business" at that time. Too bad it's been ruined since then. :hmmm:
     
  2. pwoens

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    hatchery is up higher...I have caught several wild fish on the tuc but your right that most are brats from the hatch.
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well,that little river should be full of fish. I just did the check me out thing at the WDFW and that river received about 193,000 smolts in 2002 and 153,000 in 2003. But these are summer fish. If they all didn't get lost at sea it should be smooth sailing in the summer time. Or is it they are catching them and nobodys telling. :(

    Jim
     
  4. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    A friend called me up last friday wanting to fish. Snowmelt and big rains had send the local rivers up to 10 times thier normal height. Think 1400 instead of 140, no kidding!! So, off to the toucannon. We fished some private land but it was dead, plus we saw another guy. Man, that landowner is letting other people fish on our spot, what has the world come to!!!. The guys were tossing eggs, old timers that could probably fish our socks off. They said they hadnt touched a fish. I caught a trout about 2 times the size of my string leech, but that was it. Lots of wore out chinnok, probably putting the spook on the steelies. One of the old guys commented on how nice it was that my friend (27) was taking his son out (me, 16 in 3 weeks) to catch some steelhead. That was the highlight of my toucannon steelheading day. That place gets pounded now. My buddies wanted to look at some public spots that had good holes. We saw 11 cars probably twice that many fisherman, in like a 3 miles strech!! Rocky ford baby. It was still only 10am, so we booked it back to another small river, and pounded it for 2 hours. I hooked up with one steelie for about 3 sec, but got a crappy downstream set (i was upstream of the fish) so it pulled off. We talked to a guy who was just leaving who said that he caught 2 steelhead, one that was 14inches and one that was 16. I think that he may have just caught some resident bows because there are some nice fish in that creek. Whatever they were, not bad for an hour of fishing. Even if it was with a worm ;). So, if your gonna go to the toucannon i would try to go on a weekday, or fish on private land if you can talk to the landowners, or both. My steelhead fishing total for the toucannon in the past 3 weeks is: 0 steelhead hooked, 3 bumps, 4trips, 2 trout, one whitefish that i didnt even land, and one pair of ripped waders, through both layers. Here is my total for "other rivers" in the past 3 weeks is: 18 steelhead hooked 10 landed, all hatchery. 10 trips. 1 two fish day. average time on the water was only like 3 hours. Purple leech and black girdle bug were the hot flies. ranging in size from 2-10lbs. I am no steelhead god, but this seems to tell me somthing about how the toucannon is fishing this year. It also just may be that the chinnok are giving the steelies a hard time, and once they move it will improve. That is what the lady at the bait shop in starbuck said. She also tried to sell me a pair of 24oz weights for fishing in the ladder of the dam or whatever. I told her all my flies put together don't weigh that much. She then figured out i was a trout snob and left me alone. someone did catch a 19lb steelie and an 18 out of the toucannon at the big hole in the middle of starbuck. All i saw when i was over there were some pretty tired looking chinnok, didnt even fish the whole. That was just alot of random facts conerning the river, and they might be helpful if you can begain to put them together. The toucannon does get more fish back than the walla walla fyi. Just seems like this year is slow. There are also alot of bulls on the toucannon and the biologist told me he himselfs fishes for them. I have not yet, but last i heard they are thinking of opening a bull trout selective fishery over there. The biologist also mentioned they they are seeing ALOT of bulls up at the hatchery, like enough to support a limited fishery easily. Hope this helps

    Peace,
    Andy

    Peace,
    Andy
     
  5. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    Andy,

    I've been up to the Tucannon once so far this year, and my experience was the same as yours. I hooked and landed one nice fat rainbow about 12 inches but that was it. I'm going up later this week to try again. I had good luck in December last year so I'm hoping it improves in the next couple weeks.

    Wayne
     
  6. pwoens

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    Wayne...when you heading up there???
     
  7. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    That would be on Friday. I live in the TriCities and will leave town around 8 am and hope to be fishing by 9:30. I may have a partner in crime if he gets his retired butt back from the Oregon Coast before then.

    Wayne