Outdoors Report: Caste Rock teen, Stennick, excels in the School of Fish | Hunting-and-fishing

In the age of online education and never-ending screen time, some observers have noted that learning has never been more difficult, Many mighty minds have searched high and low for a solution.

As it so happens, the answer to that question is most likely to be found outside.

Take, for example, the case of Carter Stennick. Salmon fishing on the Cowlitz River came to a close last week so Stennick came up with a new learning plan all by himself.

The 16-year-old from Castle Rock had always wanted to try his hand at landing a steelhead, but he’d never been lucky enough to find out the tricks of the trade. One week, and a whole bunch of time on the bank, later he’s now got three steelhead on his punch card and a whole new outlook on river fishing to share with anyone who will listen.

“I’ve wanted to steelhead fish for a while. I just haven’t known the right people to help me, and one of my buddies, he steelhead fishes a lot, so I started going with him and I learned how to read the river, what sort of spin glows to use, and where to cast out,” Stennick said. “All that kind of stuff.”

A baseball player for the Rockets when he’s not bonking winter steelhead near The Rock, Stennick has proven to be a quick study when it comes to the steelhead test.

“I’ve just been on the Castle Rock side of the Cowlitz River most of the time. We’re just using spin and glows, coon shrimp, and we cast out about ten feet or so and just wait,” Stennick explained. “I haven’t been doing amazing but the ones I’ve caught have been pretty big.”

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