Local Fishing Guide Has Positive Outlook On Fishing Forecasts

By Jack Royle
ETHEL — Born and raised in the heart of Lewis County, local fishing guide Nathan Bryant offered his experienced perspective on the local fishing trends and future forecasts.

From guiding fishing trips in the local rivers and lakes to questing north to Alaska for the summers to fish, Bryant has been fishing all of his life and expresses no concerns to the “smaller fish population” talks.
“I’ve been fishing since I was a kid. Everything I have learned I have applied it to my work now and there is still a lot of success out there for salmon,” Bryant said. “All I do is fish. I guide six to seven days a week, eight hours a day, so I know there is plenty of fish still around.”
Bryant guides locally for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon with West Coast Anglers. He also guides in the Humptulips area and the Columbia River.
“My main fishing area is the Cowlitz and as of now it does seem like we are in a low spot,” Bryant said. “Everyone always talks about the fish population being down, but its like that every year. It goes up and down all the time.”
Despite recent projections and estimated forecasts, Bryant stays busy and says if things stay the same as they have been for years that his business will continue to be a success.
“Lots of people get worked up about smaller projections of fish, but its just fishing. You have to wait for the water conditions to be right and it’ll take off again,” Bryant added. “The fishing is still good enough to where it makes fish-guiding a full-time lifestyle. I pretty much live out there for a few months at a time.”
Each day, Bryant heads out to the Cowlitz at four o’clock, fishes all day then prepares the boat for the next day. So despite what some say, there seems to be plenty of fish out there to be caught and fun to have.
“For me, catching fish is great, but there is more to it than just catching fish. Spending all day with a few new people each day and getting to hang out in the boat is tons of fun, fish or not. That’s the best part, Bryant noted.
Bryant guides locally for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon with West Coast Anglers. He also guides in the Humptulips area and the Columbia River.
“My main fishing area is the Cowlitz and as of now it does seem like we are in a low spot,” Bryant said. “Everyone always talks about the fish population being down, but its like that every year. It goes up and down all the time.”
Despite recent projections and estimated forecasts, Bryant stays busy and says if things stay the same as they have been for years that his business will continue to be a success.
“Lots of people get worked up about smaller projections of fish, but its just fishing. You have to wait for the water conditions to be right and it’ll take off again,” Bryant added. “The fishing is still good enough to where it makes fish-guiding a full-time lifestyle. I pretty much live out there for a few months at a time.”
Each day, Bryant heads out to the Cowlitz at four o’clock, fishes all day then prepares the boat for the next day. So despite what some say, there seems to be plenty of fish out there to be caught and fun to have.
“For me, catching fish is great, but there is more to it than just catching fish. Spending all day with a few new people each day and getting to hang out in the boat is tons of fun, fish or not. That’s the best part, Bryant noted.