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Most Recent Report: Steelhead Update
Date: February 28, 17

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Winter is still here and so are the steelhead. Yesterday I got the opportunity to get on the phone with Kolby Lewis, fishing and hunting guide on the west side of Oregon to hear what’s going on with the steelhead run this time of year.

Kolby “Fishing season has been going pretty good, when we can get out. With that weather that we’ve been having, you know it’s been tuff. The rivers have been running high and muddy, blown out and so when they’re fishable the fishing remains pretty darn good. They got a report of the very first springer caught on the Willamette River, so guys will kind of start switching gears and heading over to spring chinook on the Columbia and Willamette River the end of March and then it’s just coastal spring salmon after that in May and June. It’s been a pretty rough year as far as getting out on the water, but when the water kind of comes down and it clears up those rivers are just full of fish. Winter steelhead season should be strong until, middle of April is when it kind of starts winding down but the whole month of March is a really great month.”

So, Kolby if I’m in search of steelhead or maybe some spring salmon, how do I find you?

“Look me up on Facebook, Lewis Outdoors or Instagram or my website at www.lewisoutdoors.com as well.”

Well Kolby, I appreciate all the updates on the spring fishing. Don’t forget, check him out online at Lewis Outdoors.com


Sportsman’s Spotlight
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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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