October 20, 2020

Finally, enough rain to open the “fall-run door”.  Water flow punched through the sandbar on lower Elk Creek and pods of fresh steelhead took advantage of the opening.

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Fish and anglers catching them are at most holding-water locations north of Route 20.  Once the flow stabilizes, anglers will get a better look at the size of this initial run of fish.  The fall run is series of mini-surges of steelhead entering the tributaries.  We have witnessed small groups of 5-15 fish rushing into Elk Creek in recent days.  Now with the door wide-open and muddy water to provide cover, the number of steelhead running any tributary can only be estimated.