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Satsop River



Satsop River: Winter steelhead, coho and chum salmon, plus resident and sea-run cutthroat are available. All wild cutthroat and steelhead, in all forks during all open periods, must be released. Public access with boat launches are available.
Satsop River, East Fork: From mouth of Bingham Creek upstream, June 1 to October 31 season with selective fishery regulations. Upper areas are ideal canoe water; rubber rafts may puncture on dense brush. There is a consistently-good fall return of hatchery-bound coho salmon open for fishing below the Schafer State Park bridge.


Recent Reports

Oct. 29, 2000
Thanks to: Concerned Sportfisher
I experienced on October 29th the most blatant disregard for the law while fishing on the Satsop River. I was fishing where one fork feeds into the main river behind Satko Glen trailer park. There are some people that live in there that believe the salmon are theirs for the taking and harassing. They were deliberately snagging fish with little concern for wether or not it was legally hooked or not. One of the most pathetic parts of the scene was that they even had a kid with them that has been taught very well on how to snag. As more people came into the hole during the morning, I could hear them harassing them to go somewhere else. I suppose this mean less witnessing of their actions. After 5 minute, I left to go to another hole where I landed and released kings, silvers, and chums.
Mar. 17, 2000
Thanks to: Jeff Whitehead Fished the Satsop with my Dad today. I caught and released my first steelhead, an 8-10 pound wild buck on our second drift. We were fishing the bar just below were the west fork confluence is. The river was in great shape, 4 ft. of vis. and steelhead green. Saw one other one caught in the same area and talked with a couple of folks at the launch who had also picked up some fish. All in all it was a great day.
Nov. 6, 1999
Thanks to: Jesse Rainwater
My uncle and I decided to go try our luck on the Satsop. We started fishing around seven o'clock. On about my uncle's fifth cast of a K-10 Kwikfish he nailed a 10 lb. silver. After a while of that we switched to spinners. I nailed a 6 lb. silver and about ten minutes later I got the pleasure of hooking up with the silver of my life. It took me 20+ minutes to get it in with my lite rod. But after a good fight I finially got that big sucker in. It weighed close to 20 lb. What a fish. I plan to return as soon as the river becomes fishible again.
Nov. 6, 1999
Thanks to: Mike Carey
My friend and I hit the Satsop for those giant silvers. After some truck problems, we got to the river at 9:30 am. Hit the first hole, casting to spalshing fish everywhere. No takers. We fished large spinners for about an hour, then headed upriver. The water level was low and visibility was pretty good. We pulled plugs for three hours and cast at times without success. The fish were definately in, jumping everywhere. As the day progressed the rains increased and the visibilty decreased rapidly. Leaves in the water also caused some problems with plugs. We ended the day back at our starting hole which was some "frog water" that remained nice and clear. Again, fishing jumping everywhere but not biting. We ended the day at 2 pm, skunked but generally happy to have gotten out and enjoyed the day on this pretty river.
Nov. 6, 1999
Thanks to: Eric Molver
Ideal water conditions - streamflow was at about 1500. Fished a pocket about a half mile up from Cooks Creek. Fish were stacked in there and they came through in bunches. Fished this drift with two other gentlemen and we hooked 8-10 silvers and many hard-nosed chum. Rained very hard all day and river rose to a streamflow of 5500 by evening. Fishing was very good prior to high water though, and should be great once levels drop again this week.
Oct. 30, 1999
Thanks to: jeff
Fished the Satsop near the park. Caught 4 diffrent kinds of fish, king, coho, chum, trout. Can't get much better. The fish are in so have fun and good luck.
Oct. 10, 1999
Thanks to: Steve Fox
Fished the Satsop after the water receded. The water was fairly clear. Lots of kings (can't keep) and very few silvers. There were also a lot of gill rakers. The most disgusting part of it was that some of them were ignorant enough to think that the color of their corky increased their hook up rate. I had to tell the one guy that the color didn't matter when you hook them in the tail. I think I was the only one that did hook into a fish legally. It was a 30 pound hen that I quickly C&R'd in about 10 minutes using the down and dirty technique to disorient her.
Oct. 2, 1999
Thanks to: Steve Burke
Went to my favorite hole at the Satsop early Saturday to find the water so low it was unfishable. Don't know if the fish are making it up or not. I headed to Hoodsport, figuring it was still early and I could have some fun with the Chums on a fly. The chums weren't coming in in big numbers yet, but the last of the king run was heading up the ladder in Finch creek. It wasn't crowded yet and there were about 10 folks snagging old kings illegally right at the fish ladder. A hatchery worker came out and warned them, but they just went right on.
   I've never seen such blatant disregard for the regulations as I have this year. It seems that the population increase has brought hundreds of new anglers that don't care what they do as long as they get their fish for the freezer. This is hurting the cause of concerned sportsmen who want to see Washington salmon runs become healthy again. How can we complain about gillnetting, commercial over-fishing, or the shameful wastage of salmon, dumped on our river banks when we can't police up this shameful behavior.
Oct. 1, 1999
Thanks to: steve fox
Stopped by the Satsop and found the water to be in beautiful clear condition. But, no fish to be seen. Rain will probably change this overnight. Chehalis is full of boats going for them before they go up the river.
March 1, 1998
Thanks to: Dan S.
We put in at Schaeffer Park, behind about 4 other drift boats. We were side drifting eggs, using spinning gear and 8 lb. leaders. We hooked the first fish of the day just below the S-curves. It was a beautiful chromer buck of about 10 lbs. which came unhooked right at the boat, but since it was a native, no big deal (other than a missed photo opportunity). We hooked another at the confluence with the Turnow branch, and it wound up coming uncorked near the boat as well. We finally hooked and landed another about a mile below Cook Creek (another native buck of about 10 lbs). We fished all the way down to just above the first bridge at Satsop before hooking another. This one was a perfect chrome hen about 12 lbs. which put up a tremendous fight bfore being photographed and released. All in all, a pretty respectable day on the Satsop. Side drifting is definitely a technique worth trying if you don't mind covering water very quickly, and fishing very little if you're on the oars.

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