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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Ocean Coho Bite Impresses, Summer Chinook Doesn’t Ocean salmon fishing out of Astoria rules the roost his week. With a calm ocean and willing coho, happy anglers we’re returning to port with quick limits on Wednesday. The biters were well south of the red line. Trollers working depths between 100 and 140 foot were getting…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia Opens for Summer Chinook, Sockeye, Steelhead Remain Closed Columbia River Fishing Report – In an unexpected turn of events, fishery managers opened up summer Chinook fishing, after the Technical Advisory Committee met on Monday and upgraded the summer Chinook run to around 65,000 fish, from a 38,000 fish pre-season prediction. Returns have surprised many…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Offshore Chinook Fishing Inconsistent; In-river Sockeye, Steelhead Close Columbia River Fishing Report – The big news this week was the abrupt closure of mainstem sockeye and summer steelhead fishing. Although I haven’t seen detailed reports of where anglers are successfully catching sockeye salmon, over 3,000 have been caught and retained, exceeding the 1% take allowed…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – The entire river is now open to summer steelhead and sockeye salmon. All Chinook must be released. Here are the simplified regulations: Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)  Retention of all Chinook (adults and jacks) prohibited from June 16-July 31.Retention of hatchery steelhead and sockeye allowed…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Sturgeon Option Tabled After Washington Fumbles, Shad In High Gear Columbia River Fishing Report – Not much has changed since we previously reported on the Columbia. Salmon season remains closed, steelhead fishing is poor, and no sign of a catch and keep sturgeon fishery for the near future. Although spring Chinook passage at Bonneville is…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

A Catch and Keep Sturgeon Season Coming to the Lower Columbia River? Columbia River Fishing Report – With salmon season closed, steelhead season opened only below I-5 (and not many of those to catch), and sturgeon season still on hold, there’s not much to report as of now. That said, there’s a little to report……

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Springers closed, steelhead open downstream of I-5 With the Columbia now closed, we won’t get a chance to forecast salmon on the mainstem for quite a while. Can you believe only 3 months until Buoy 10? By the way, if you haven’t seen them, the department has set the summer and fall seasons for the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

More Spring Chinook Opportunity for Mainstem Columbia River Anglers Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, while we should be excited for additional opportunity on the mainstem Columbia River, there’s a reason we have additional opportunity on the mainstem Columbia River. Fishing for spring Chinook was challenging on the last 4-day opener that concluded on May…

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We have Saturday and next Wednesday to pursue springers on the mainstem

Columbia River Fishing Report – With anticipation running high, anglers and guides were poised for a great day on Tuesday, May 5th. The states were opening outdoor recreation back up, we’re in the peak migration period for Columbia River spring Chinook (which is an unprecedented opportunity for us to get to fish in) and the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 1st, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although there is nothing to report other than passage at Bonneville is improving things are looking up for the Columbia fishery. If you didn’t catch it in the Fisheries Update section, there is going to be a joint state call between Oregon and Washington tomorrow afternoon, to discuss the re-opening…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 24th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – While there isn’t much to report from the Columbia River as far as salmon, steelhead or sturgeon fishing goes, anglers that know there way around the Columbia River bar and how to fish for bottomfish off of the sunken and south jetty did really well on the soft tides and…

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Update from ODF&W

Beginning Friday, April 10 at midnight, all hunting and recreational fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be limited to Oregon residents only, in order to limit travel and protect rural communities While most seasons are open, many locations to fish, hunt, crab and clam are closed to public access due to COVID-19 including boat…

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Special For Members

To All Our Members, We Thank You! We know times are tough for outdoor enthusiasts right now. Despite the lack of opportunity available, due to the weak returns of salmon and steelhead we’ve experienced recently, the Shelter-At-Home order and the closure of our area’s boat ramps has dampened spirits and quelled opportunity when the weather…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 10th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – As you already know, the Columbia remains closed with the run starting to ramp up at Bonneville Dam. To date, 173 adult spring Chinook have passed the facility but no one has access to them as of yet. While passing wild spring Chinook is something to celebrate, there are a…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 3rd, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – No need for a Forecast section this week since we can’t fish. No need for a report for that matter. The big news? Well, it’s not all that bit, 65 adult spring Chinook have passed Bonneville Dam to date. Good for them, bad for us that want to catch them.…

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