Some anglers have been out steelhead fishing

Hood River - Hood River, OR (Hood River County)

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Some anglers have been out steelhead fishing, but no reports of fish caught yet. Counts of steelhead over Bonneville are still low, but numbers of winter steelhead entering the Hood River will continue to increase over the next several months.

2021 was the final release for hatchery winter steelhead smolts in the Hood River. The 2023 return year will have the bulk of the 2021 release year cohort (2 salt fish).

Many steelhead anglers on the Hood are successful with a bobber and soft bead. Bait is allowed on the Hood River.

Rain on snow events cause dynamic flows on the Hood River throughout winter and spring. Best to check current and forecasted flows on the river prior to fishing.

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