The Sandy River and Columbia River both provide ample opportunities for catching hatchery winter steelhead. Both rivers have had strong returns in recent years.
Hatchery steelhead weigh 8 to 10 pounds on average with some reaching 15 pounds. Wild steelhead have been observed up to 21 pounds on the Sandy. All non fin-clipped steelhead must be released unharmed.
Returns of adipose fin-clipped wild broodstock fish are showing in stronger numbers from successful spawning programs now in place.
These steelhead are full of spunk and put up an impressive battle. Many of the brood-stock fish weigh 12 to 15 pounds each with some even larger.
Both winter and summer steelhead are strong fighters, at times leaping far into the air while making numerous aggressive runs.
Truly one of the most exciting and fun to catch fish available in the northwest.