Winter Steelhead are showing up in good numbers on the coastal rivers this month and are working their way inland to the tributaries of the Willamette River system. From now until early spring, these fish are the primary target for Oregon anglers.
On the coast, you’ll find a mix of both hatchery and wild fish. Make sure you know the difference! Wild fish are listed as an Endangered or Threatened Species in most of the Pacific Northwest and need to be released unharmed! Hatchery fish in Oregon will generally be missing their adipose fin, clipped when they are fingerlings and prior to release into the river system.