I went out on my first trip targeting the Willamette Summer Steelhead over the weekend. With over 2,000 summer steelhead over Willamette Falls fish count, and clearing water on the drop in the town run, we had a shot.
We didn’t hook up with any steelhead that day, swinging leeches in the usual spots. But the diver and bait anglers did well up river. We did hook into a few really big native urban redsides.
We also saw tons of cormorants, more than I’ve ever seen this far inland. Maybe the hatchery steelhead smolt migration is bringing them in?
Eugene search and rescue teams ran up and down the river getting some practice in for the inner-tube season. Summer and summer steelhead are close.