For all those who think the Stamp has nothing but hatchery rats

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing Forum' started by Summer Steel, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Summer Steel

    Summer Steel Member

    Fish weight calculator put this guy over 20lbs!! Not a bad start to the winter steelhead season I'd say!! Check the sea lice.......just wandered in last night or this morning.

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  2. Dave H

    Dave H Well-Known Member

    Very nice fish indeed.
    Well done.

    How rare are those fish nowadays though??

    I have zero experience on the Stamp so my questions are all from ignorance and have no other meaning behind them, just so you know.

    Take care.
  3. eaglemaniac

    eaglemaniac Well-Known Member

    Your grin says it all SS. Fish of a lifetime. Well done for sure.;) eman
  4. Jeep09

    Jeep09 Member

    now thats a beauty!
  5. Big Green Machine

    Big Green Machine Well-Known Member

    Bloody awesome. You must share some details.........or not.
  6. -steelhead-

    -steelhead- Member

    Nice fish! Gotta love the Stamp wilds. So much bigger than the hatches.

    this is one I got this year in Jan. from shore using a luhr jensen unscented egg cluster... very similar fish perhaps they are related. lol! Hopefully there's more coming up, it sure is nice to see big Steel coming out of the Stamp! I guess like BL said below, they are probably all genetically mixed with Hatches... o well.

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  7. Blackleech

    Blackleech Member

    Actually, there are no more truly wild steelhead in the Stamp. All fish are considered to have some kind of hatchery influence.

    Very nice fish though!
  8. lorneparker1

    lorneparker1 Banned

    I can make a 12 look like a 20 holding it like that too!.

    Nice fish though.

  9. Dennis.t

    Dennis.t Active Member

    Nice fish!Rare indeed! Only a few of that size caught each season. Of the hundreds of Stamp fish Ive landed,not one has been even close in size, to that beauty!Wow!
  10. nice fish .... im gonna catch him on friday from the bank
  11. Lipripper

    Lipripper Active Member

    Not if I'm in your spot [​IMG]
  12. banger17

    banger17 Well-Known Member

    pretty sure they bigger than a 12 lorne...
  13. the rook

    the rook Member

    wow nicely done!!!!
  14. kelly

    kelly Well-Known Member

    If you see someone getting skunked on the bank with their thumb out thats me! Nice fish.
  15. Summer Steel

    Summer Steel Member

    Seriously????? You think that fish is 12lbs?!? WOW!!! Just for the record was 34" length & 22" girth. That calculates between 20 & 21 lbs depending on which formula you use. Doesn't matter HOW you hold it.....the numbers don't lie.
  16. Summer Steel

    Summer Steel Member

    Actually, it's not me in the's a buddy of mine. His first 20lb steelie!! He was grinning from ear to ear the whole day. The boys actually hooked 10 fish this morning, but this is the only one they are still talking about. :)
  17. springnut

    springnut Member

    I want one.....I want one....or two :p
  18. Summer Steel

    Summer Steel Member

    Rare indeed, however, the Stamp has never been historically known for big fish like the Gold, Hoh, Thompson, Dean or Kalum for example. Average size has always been somewhere between 6-8 lbs, but we have caught quite a fair number over 10lbs in the 20+ years we've been fishing it. So far this year, there have been a pleasant number of 10+ lb hatchery fish showing up as well. Could be good ocean survival, good nutrient levels in the river for the smolts, who knows, just glad to see some nice size fish!! Here is a 14lb hatchery caught last week......

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  19. Summer Steel

    Summer Steel Member

    Will do when I get to the Olympic Peninsula for a few days tomorrow to drift the Bogey & Hoh. Should be fun!! :)
  20. Dave H

    Dave H Well-Known Member

    Nice to hear some good reports.
    Theoretically there should be decent returns this year based on the past couple of "good pasture" years
    in the north Pacific. (La Nina)

    Well done again on that beauty too.

    Take care.

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