Snagging what? Steelhead? Chinook? Coho?
Just curious since I didn't think anything would be running up this early... I know Uglygreen posted something about silvers moving in already? Have you seen this in person DH? BUST EM ALL!!! I've fished private water up above and have found leaded shark trebles even on that. Time to take some action.
There should be fish in there... Not a lot but enough. I have caught Chinook as early as the 20th of August in years past.
I would try down by the pump house with spinners or eggs. If not there, try under the railroad bridge or up in the beaver pond...
Just watch out and stay away from the snagging crew. You should be fine...
Let us know how it goes.
DH, no snag in my bag. ChuckDog and I have fished the upper 'shoug dozens for times and everything has been fair-hooked. ChuckDog did mention that we have found some interesting rigs in the river (treble with 4-6 oz lead and a strand of green yarn?). Nice...
fished the Washougal for 20+ years the typical snagging rig is this. 4 foot leader with pencil lead and a single corky tied behind a large bait hook. To my mind anyone driftfishing without bait for chinooks on the Washougal is a snagger.
Anyone who seriously wants to chinook fish would be better off going elsewhere. Not trying to protect a zipper or anything like that just trying tosave people who may not know better a wasted trip.
20 years if intense fall fishing I saw ONE and a few jacks that were hooked fair.. The one i saw caught fair was NOT a Washougal Tule. it was a chrome bright 25 pounder from somewhere else.
MM i'd make the same call of you! I have never ever ever in my course of living on the banks of the Washougal from 1971 till 2000 did i ever see a fish caught fair on a corky Not one. Thats fishing nearly every day every fall.
Not at Oaks park, not a cougar creek not at the big eddy and not at the Steel bridge. it's all snagging
MM, don't worry about it. It always amazes me that there are people that think a fish that will try and EAT a 7" peice of wiggling plastic (aka Kwikfish), won't eat a small tuft of yarn dipped in anise :wink:
I KNOW the are a BUNCH of slobs out there that snag, disguised as drift fishing. BUT Chinook DO bite yarn, flies,jigs......The snaggers are the same people driving the roads with a beer between their legs "Deer Hunting"!!!
Trust me when I say that the fish on the washougal that are caught in the mouth are not biteing but are being flossed. I like Rob have lived on this river all my life and have rarly seen anything fair hooked. And b.t.w. rob is one of the most respected sportsmen in this community.So you are off base by saying he has no class.