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Friday, February 25, 2011
 
By Dave Graybill
 
If you would like to go steelhead fishing some time soon, I would put the Methow low on the list of choices. Very cold weather will most likely freeze the river again this season, and it will take a few warm days to allow anglers access to the water. The upper Columbia, near Pateros would be a good option. Many of the steelhead in the lower river will move out into the warmer and ice-free water here. The area below Pateros known as the Rocks could really light up again when the steelhead flee the lower river. This has been a very consistent producer of fish in the earlier season. I have had good reports on the Wenatchee, and with its flows it will take more that a couple of days of cold weather to freeze over. The month of March could be a terrific time to be on the Methow and Wenatchee. Last year the late-season fishing for steelhead on both of these rivers was outstanding. I continue to keep an eye on the Okanogan and it looks like it will be very late February or early March before it will be ice free and fishable. I am very eager to fish this one again.