How to Catch Steelhead Tips
In the ocean prawns and shrimp make up a segment of the
steelhead's diet. To me, that spells out bait. Steelhead love prawns and
The ones I use the most are the grey, un-cooked variety
found at the local grocery store.
They work great for drift fishing or for tipping your
jigs and the hooks of your plugs. They also work good in combo with
Easy access makes them very appealing. They last in the
freezer for a long time and you can take out as many as you want for the
time you will be fishing. Just keep them cool.
They're tough and they don't die either, as compared to
Another prawn tail option is the kind of prawns that are
cure up for spring chinook. These prawns can be found in the bait
freezer a few sporting goods stores.
When I was growing up me and my dad used these quite a
bit with our corkie and yarn rigs. We would peal them and juice 'em up
with shrimp oil.
In fact I caught my first steelhead on one of these
prawn tails that I had peeled and dyed with flo. red Pro Cure.
For either kind of shrimp/prawn peel of the shell and
break or cut them into the appropriate size.
Use them as they come or try adding some shrimp oil or
Place the fillet in a zip lock bag and marinate it in Italian salad
dressing for 45 min to an hour. Place it skin side down on aluminum foil
and put under the broiler. Just before it's done (about 15 minutes per
inch of thickness) sprinkle a layer of shredded parmesan cheese and let it
While angling in Western Washington lakes for Trout
in summer; make your leader at least 50 + 5" from sinker to floating bait.
The length keeps you out of the algae and makes it easier for trout to
spot and sense. Use power eggs (white/green) with a dash of "mike's"
shrimp oil. Works in every lake I tested.
Name: Phil Hammond
Fishing Sturgeon in the upper Columbia River
depends more on bottom structure than depth. Fish of all sizes can be
caught in water 20-30 ft. deep if it is in a feeding lane or trough.
Anchoring in the upper end of a trough or off to one side of the trough
and casting or drifting bait into the trough is an effective way to entice
fish. Study a good chart of the river bottom to get an idea of where to
start fishing. Be patient. Most sturgeon bites are as light as that of a
trout. If you experience a lot of "jump-uppers" ones that cause you to
jump out of your seat and grab the rod and then not get another bite, try
reducing the size of the hook to a 5/0 or 6/0 hook. In catching several
hundred sturgeon over the past 5 years, I have never had a sturgeon
swallow the hook to a point where it was not visible in the outer mouth
Name: Bob Wimberly
Upriver Sturgeon fishing requires heavy butted sensitive tip rod
that is 7-7 1/2 feet in length. Short boat rods allow for detecting the
lightest of bites while providing power for the largest fish. The shorter
rod all but eliminates accidental injury caused from casting or setting
hooks on longer rods. This is especially true for less experienced
fishermen. Best bait day in and day out above John Day Dam is Roll-Mop
Herring with a hook no larger than 7/0 (barbless). Being able to break
loose from the anchor will assist in making light rods and line (50# high
tech type) more desirable to use, easier to cast and sufficient for the
Name: Bob Wimberly
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