Steelhead fishing in the winter season offers opportunities for record sized steelhead that justify the extra layer of clothing. Wild steelhead are pound for pound the hardest fighters and will often take long fast runs that race the heart and warm the body. Early winter steelhead, which consist mostly of hatchery returns, begin to show in late November on local rivers.
Late February through early April brings the largest hatchery returns. The Chehalis and Satsop during February and March produce the largest wild “Photo-mount Wall Hangers” of the year, some exceeding 25 pounds.