There is a great thing about fishing this time of year - the boat launch is a lot less crowded.

Yes, it's a bit chilly outside, but that's why we buy the right gear isn't it?

This past Christmas weekend KATS FM Brand Manager Brian Henderson went out with some of the Cabela's crew as they went steelhead fishing with Jacob Munden's Rising Son Adventures.

Hendo had not had a catch to put on his catch card all year, so it was a very welcome invitation to tag along with one of Cabela's Pro Staff.

We launched out of McNary and were treated to a very calm, glassy morning on the river.

Lake Umatilla where we were fishing you can keep only hatchery steelhead with a one steelhead daily limit.

Fishing for steelhead is open on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the river upstream to the blue bridge (Hwy 395 Bridge) near Pasco.

The Columbia River from the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Kennewick/Pasco upstream to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers is also open for the harvest of steelhead. Anglers have a one fish limit and can only keep steelhead that have both adipose and ventral fins clipped.

Finally, the Snake River from the mouth of the river to the Washington/Idaho state line is open to hatchery steelhead, with a limit of two steelhead, and a requirement to release all steelhead 28 inches or greater in length.

A BIG thanks to Cabela's Stacy Wilson and guide Jacob Munden for inviting me along on this very fun Christmas weekend adventure!