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Columbia River Crabbing Report December 6th, 2019

Columbia River Crabbing Report – Yes, that’s because there isn’t any fishing going on here. Crabbing however remains excellent for those targeting the high tide. There are plenty of people out along Social Security Beach so it would behoove you to try a less populated location, ideally deeper water, to find better crabbing. It’s likely…

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Columbia River Fishing (Crabbing) Report November 28th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing (Crabbing) Report November 28th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – No fishing to speak of, but if you’re watchful of the weather, crabbing should be good if you hit the tidal window right. We have a reasonably soft incoming afternoon high tide so as long as that killa east wind doesn’t cause any grief, you can get your people into…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 22nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing (crabbing) Report – Crabbing remains good in the lower Columbia River, but competition is fierce. It’s best if you crab away from the crowds to reduce the competition and don’t be afraid to crab the deeper water if you’re rigged appropriately for that. Be aware that gear can sand in on the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast – It’s all about the crabbing and on occasion, the bottomfishing in the estuary of the lower Columbia now. With the delay in the commercial crabbing opener, recreational crabbers working the lower Columbia will have an extended opportunity this winter. The commercial season is delayed at least until December…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 8th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Salmon anglers on the Columbia are now limited to the reach from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam. The bulk of the coho (and Chinook) are upstream of Bonneville Dam so salmon fishing on the Columbia is effectively over. Coho fishing above Bonneville had been fairly productive, but now it’s closed…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 1st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With little left on the table besides estuary Dungeness Crab, there isn’t much effort happening on the lower Columbia River. Here are last week’s catch statistics to prove it: Salmon, Steelhead and Shad Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool averaged almost a coho kept per boat. Buoy 10 Boats: No…

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Columbia River Fishing Report October 25th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report October 25th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite additional opportunity for coho on the mainstem Columbia, you might guess that catches were far from robust. Buoy 10 anglers, 26 of them, recorded ZERO coho for the October 18th – 20th time frame. The best fishing was from the Portland to Kalama reach where 9 coho were recorded…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 18th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With only Buoy 10 to judge, this won’t take long. There was some effort for Buoy 10 coho last week, but success was subtle for the few that fished. Earlier in the week, one guide reported drawing about 7 bites, landing 3 fish, harvesting 2 of them because they were…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 11th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, it’s peak season for “B-run” coho and like their earlier cousins, they’re a relatively no show. Of course there are some fish around as one guide reported catching 3 fish on Thursday (10/10) with 2 fish being of hatchery origin and 1 “wild” fish released. The tides are building…

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Columbia River Fishing Report October 4th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With coho the only show in town, and that show taking place from Buoy 10 to Tongue Point, there isn’t much to report on for the mighty Columbia. Let’s hope that changes in the coming years. So coho… Yea, it’s time for the “B-run” fish to show in the estuary…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 27th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 27th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the unprecedented, expansive closure for the Columbia River, our job just got (sadly) more easier. In short, the above Bonneville fishery was really good, and therefore could not sustain any more catch and effort without compromising the recovery of Snake River wild fall Chinook. It was a good run,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 20th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Most anglers remain a bit disappointed that the robust coho fishery predicted, really hasn’t been lights out fishing just yet this season. It is getting late for a strong showing of early (“A”) run coho, but the upcoming tide series should be a telling story of the success of this…

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Columbia River Fishing Report September 13th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report September 13th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, the coho still haven’t arrived, at least not in the number one would expect for a return of 611,000 adults. Many folks, including myself, have been a bit misled that we’re going to see closer to 905,000 adults back to the Columbia. I’m exploring a better answer, but the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report August 30th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report August 30th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With Chinook season closed and coho due to show, anglers remain engaged in the Buoy 10 fishery. Although many are chasing Chinook upstream, some of that many are already back down in the estuary in hopes of a bounty of silver. It hasn’t quite panned out that way just yet.…

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