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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – The most recent opener (Thursday, April 16th) produced various results for various locations. Lower river anglers reported fair-at-best results in the Westport/Puget Island area although anchor anglers working the Brookfield wing jetty reported a good bite on Thursday. Further upriver, those fishing I-5 saw some decent catching but far from…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s peak season on the mainstem Columbia and only a few open days left. First things first, on a joint state compact call Wednesday afternoon, the states of Oregon and Washington decided on an additional 2 days of opportunity; Saturday, April 11th (the day after the originally modeled closure date)…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – It was a no-brainer that we’d see a drastic improvement in spring Chinook action on the lower Columbia. Well, drastic may be pushing it a bit but anglers were tallying much more consistent results for salmon this week with improved catches coming from all areas of the lower river. Here…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – Finally, a breakthrough! After what appeared might be some productive early season action, spring salmon anglers have been relatively disappointed in catch rates in recent history. The most recent information put out by the Departments confirm that success for sport-caught spring Chinook has been a bit dismal. Effort is increasing but…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Columbia River Fishing Report – Action is ramping up on the lower Columbia where motivated anglers are avoiding the turbid waters below the input from the Willamette. Trollers are working the water from the airport to Davis Bar and soon, interest will be on the increase from Kalama to Brookfield when the Willamette ceases to…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Spring Chinook anglers are trying their luck on the mainstem Columbia and largely coming up empty. Most would agree however that early fish are tasty fish and well worth the effort, especially in the nice weather we’ve been having. One report remains consistent throughout the fleet however, there are large numbers of sea-lions in the…

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Willamette bound springers might but taking their right turn

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring chinook are being caught with more regularity. It’s clear that low, warmer than normal water is having an impact on fish migration. Bonneville Dam has now tallied over 40 fish, most of them in the last few days. Last year at this time, only 4 fish had passed. It…

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Anglers are becoming more anxious for fresh spring Chinook

Columbia River Fishing Report – Anglers are becoming more anxious for fresh spring chinook options on the mainstem Columbia. Plunkers will begin to grow in number with boaters soon to follow. There already is some consistent effort around Kalama but what few fish are being caught are likely steelhead. As we enter March, especially given…

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Looking forward to March on the Columbia

Columbia River Fishing Report – No news is bad news. Nothing continuing to go on here although the first spring chinook of the year passed by Bonneville Dam on February 8th. Let’s hope we get some momentum going in the very near future. The Guide’s Forecast – If the weather continues to warm and a…

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Columbia still a big nothing

Columbia River Fishing Report – No news is bad news. Nothing continuing to go on here although the first spring chinook of the year passed by Bonneville Dam on February 8th. Let’s hope we get some momentum going in the very near future. The Guide’s Forecast – If you need something to read, here is…

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First spring chinook

Columbia River Fishing Report – The season’s first spring chinook was reported off of Prescott Beach close to Rainier. Plunkers working lower Columbia beaches certainly have a chance at salmon but the bulk of the effort is likely centered on steelhead. Regardless, small, scented spin-n-glos will likely most often get used. A bigger tide series…

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Better clam than crab

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] Columbia River Fishing Report – Many of the commercial crabbers are pulling their gear as commercial keepers are becoming a rare catch in the lower Columbia estuary. There are still plenty of sport legals however although few are motivated to pursue them. A high tide series this weekend won’t produce optimum options either.…

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Crabbing might be it

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] Columbia River Fishing Report – With nothing going on in the mainstem below Bonneville, crabbing is the only real option for those needing to recreate on the north coast. High winds however is scaring away more participants, even though weather forecasters have been wrong about 9 out of the last 10 times. What…

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Not much left on the lower Columbia

Not much left for fishing opportunity on the lower Columbia. Even crabbing prospects are dwindling as the commercial fleet started their program in late November. Commercial catches have been good out of Hammond but commercial crabbers are reporting fair numbers of sport legal, yet undersize commercial legal sized crab available. [it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″]The Guide’s Forecast –…

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