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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 22, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Even though the lower Columbia River below Bonneville is closed, there is still some fisheries upstream of Bonneville that are open to the taking of spring Chinook. Unfortunately, those fisheries are not producing outstanding results, poor results actually, so there’s no real inspiration to report on them. If and when…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 15th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Columbia River all but shut down for spring Chinook, this job gets much easier for me now. The 1-day earlier than modeled closure brought us very close to our full, pre-season allocation of mainstem Columbia River spring Chinook. Now, it’s just a waiting game to see if the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 8th – 8th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Did you catch that? Re-read the headline. Yes! Just a few more hours to fish the mainstem Columbia! Read on! Hot off the press, the fishery will close after Friday, April 8:   NEWS RELEASE   Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife        Contact:         Tucker Jones             971-673-6067                        John…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 1st, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook season is clearly underway on the mainstem Columbia. Both effort and catches are ramping up as expected and although still sporadic, catch rates seem better than I had expected, given the timing, temperature and current flow regime we are now experiencing. Furthermore, guides and anglers are reporting good…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast- March 25th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook anglers are getting more action and more anxious for mainstem Columbia salmon. This run of fish is the top prize in likely all the world, as not only are they spring Chinook, but they are spring Chinook that have to travel hundreds of miles to get to their…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 18th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – After a surprisingly intense early season effort, a series of high water events, unsettled weather and turbid water has quelled interest on the lower Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Fishing had been fair prior to the storm series but you still had to put in many hours to yield results, or…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 11th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – As is commonly the case this time of year, boaters are getting more interested in spring Chinook fishing then they probably should be. That said, catches have been rather impressive for the first week of March. Reports from the mainstem Columbia downstream of Portland have proven to be worthwhile. Boaters…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 4th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, although there isn’t a lot to report, there are enough reports of spring Chinook to at least start the conversation. Last week, several spring Chinook were reported but it remains clear, it’s very early in the season. Spring Chinook have been reported from the Columbia River Gorge to Longview.…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 26th – February 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Unless something changes, we’ll be halting reports for the Columbia River. I say the same thing every year, it’s hard to believe that the mighty Columbia is NOT the place to go for winter fishing. Like I said however, if that changes, you will know. Forecast – We’ll be putting…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Columbia River Fishing Report – This report will be updated in the spring. It’s been a productive one but it’s time to throw in the towel here. It’ll be a crabbing show until domoic acid takes its toll here as well. Stay tuned…….. The Guide’s Forecast – Tide exchanges are climbing this weekend so don’t…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 13th – 19th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Readers will gradually see this section laid to rest as the Chinook run downstream of Bonneville is effectively over. What Chinook remain are in spawning mode and should be left alone. Crabbing on the lower Columbia remains good and the forecast is for even better crabbing ahead. Pressure is growing,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 6th

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the November 1st closure of the Beacon rock to Bonneville Dam reach, success rates on this most productive stretch will collapse. Action here has been phenomenal throughout the season but anglers will have a hard time working over concentrated fish with this section closed. The closure is justified however as mainstem…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 30th

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite what should be the end of an already good season, catches in the Columbia River Gorge continue to press on with impressive catches coming from the Bonneville area. Boaters working the area averaged nearly 2.5 fish per boat. It’s still a Brad’s Super Bait and plug show for those…

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Columbia River Fishing Report & Forecast October 23rd – October 29th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – With little action taking place downstream of Longview, what few boats remain participating in the fishery are concentrated from Longview to Bonneville Dam. Trollers are still taking fish along sand bars and consistent points of interception around St. Helens and given the magnitude of the run this year, opportunity may…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 15th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Most anglers have given up on the Buoy 10 fishery although some mid-Octobers have been quite productive here. Given recent return rates that are in most cases, below 10% return rates compared to last year, anglers will be looking for a needle in a haystack if you’re estuary fishing. But,…

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