Steelhead are one of the most sought after fish in the Pacific
Northwest. Steelhead can be found in our Northwest rivers most of the
year. Brett has a lifetime of knowledge to make your steelhead trip
successful. Brett will work hard to put you into steelhead based on the
timing of the runs, how they are moving up river and where they are
holding. Brett uses ultra light gear to give you the best opportunity
to land these magnificent fish.
Steelhead fishing is available most of the year. Starting in June the
return of our summer run Steelhead begins in most Western Washington
rivers. Warmer water temperatures usually brings out a more aggressive
and acrobatic Steelhead, in comparison to the winter Steelhead run.
The winter Steelhead run really kicks off in November and continues through April of the new year, Brett fishes for trophy Steelhead in February and March on select rivers. Cowlitz River Winter Steelhead are at its best in March and April.
Brett will free drift, back-bounce, and free float jigs for
Rivers Brett fishes for Steelhead: Wild and Scenic Skagit River, Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, Skykomish River, Cowlitz River, Lewis River, Columbia River
Amazingly enough there are opportunities to catch salmon almost all
year. Beginning in March with the return of spring King salmon to the
In June and July the Pacific Northwest sees the first return of summer
Kings (Chinook) Salmon run. This summer run is highly anticipated and
can produce some memorable fish. King Salmon opportunities in Western
Washington continue through the fall.
In the fall, our salmon begin to migrate back to their native waters to
spawn. On odd years, Pink (Humpies) salmon begin their return. This is
the smaller of the four species returning to Northwest rivers, but
their size will fool you. These are hard fighting fish and actually do
taste very good using a variety of recipes.
Annually, Coho (Silver) Salmon begin returning to our rivers in late
August, followed by the hard fighting Chum Salmon in October.
We free drift, back-bounce, drift fish, plunk, troll, and jig fish for the various species of salmon.
Rivers Brett fishes for Salmon:
Wild and Scenic Skagit River, Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River,
Skykomish River, Cowlitz River, Lewis River, Columbia River near the
mouth of Cowlitz River, Columbia River near Portland, OR, Drano Lake and
Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, and Lake Sammamish.
Dolly Varden are found in many Northwest rivers, but the Skagit river
has one of the most consistent Dolly fisheries. We fish for Dollies in
the same manner and time as our Steelhead and Salmon returns. Dollies
average 4 to 6 pounds and are an added surprise when specifically
fishing for Steelhead. These are very beautiful fish and will provide a
Rivers Brett fishes for Dolly Varden:
Wild and Scenic Skagit River, Snohomish River, and the Skykomish River.
White Sturgeon in Washington's North Puget Sound is open year around.
Brett's Guide Service offers opportunities for Sturgeon in North Puget
Sound area rivers and estuaries.
While you can fish for Sturgeon year around, we have some red hot
Sturgeon fishing starting early in the new year through mid summer.
These prehistoric looking fish are hard fighting, giving you an exciting
and memorable time on the water.
Keeper sturgeon are measured between 38 to 54 inches in length, from the
fork in the tail to the snout. They average 45 - 90 pounds. White
Sturgeon is a delicious eating fish when cleaned properly. The boneless
white meat is incomparable.
Areas Brett fishes for Sturgeon: Between the Snohomish River and the Skagit River, including tidal estuaries, sloughs and rivers.
Brett has the knowledge and experience to get you into the fish and have a great day on the water.
He will clean and bag your catch at the end of the day.
Brett's Guide Service supports the catch and release principles of Wild Steelhead & Wild Chinook Salmon.