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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 17th – 23rd, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – After bragging up the epic summer Chinook bite above the bridge on the Washington side, it just so happens that the bite fell on its face last Saturday. What was easy limits in the weeks prior to Saturday, fishing got much more challenging for those working that highly productive area.…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 10th – July 16th, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – In what appears to be a near record run, summer Chinook anglers are realizing success is harder to come by. It’s no secret, warming waters is thwarting the catch. Catch rates remained fairly decent in the gorge, especially for bank anglers. It remains one of the last bright spots with…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 3rd – July 9th, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – Although certainly not an uncommon sight, effort remains pitifully low for ocean salmon out of Astoria area. What’s especially odd given the good fishing, is that the action is quite good! Anglers fishing from the lower Columbia River are finding good numbers of Chinook and coho in adjacent waters outside…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 26th – July 2nd, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – With mainstem temperatures continuing to rise, salmon and steelhead anglers are becoming less impressed with their success. Fish passage at Bonneville continues to improve for both species but catch rates are tapering. Summer Chinook salmon fishing remains most productive right at Bonneville Dam for anchor anglers using spinners to entice…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 19th – June 25th, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – Warm water temperatures are taking an early toll on mainstem Columbia sportanglers. Just over a week ago, chinook catches in the Bonneville area where fair to good. In less than a week, coinciding with an increase in water temperature, the Chinook bite has started to taper. It does however remain…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 12 – June 18, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – Anglers targeting salmon on the mainstem continue to struggle for consistent results. By June 15, the Spring run is effectively over. Biologists have upgraded the run several times; it’s now 50,000 adults higher than originally predicted. Despite good numbers of adults still passing Bonneville dam, they don’t seem to be…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 5th – June 11th, 2015

Columbia River fishing report – Nothing much has changed on the mainstem Columbia. Passage numbers at Bonneville remain at around 2000 Chinook a day and catch rates have slightly improved in the Columbia River Gorge. Weekend anglers reported to ODFW fish checkers, around a half of a fish per boat. Those are pretty good catch…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 29th – June 4th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – With salmon still on the table, and an additional opportunity for boat anglers above Beacon Rock, things continue to look up for Columbia River anglers. Let’s start with the most recent press release on the additional Columbia River opener above Beacon Rock. Here is the official press release: Chinook fishing…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 22nd – May 28th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – effort remains low for most Columbia River fisheries but those that are participating are certainly not all that impressed with the results. Salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon are all strong possibilities on the mainstem but none are producing gangbuster results. Pro guide Dan Ponciano (360-607-8511) fished just a few days ago,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s certainly an attractive option, to be able to fish the mainstem Columbia in the middle of May for spring Chinook but as it typically the case, the run is over and once the peak of the run is past Bonneville, action never really stays that great. Sure, there’s pockets…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook anglers went into the weekend with high expectations. After a short period of closed fishing, action on opening day is frequently impressive. That was clearly not the case for last Saturday’s opener. Long waits at area boat ramps turned out to be fruitless as most anglers were happy…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report- With no legal fishing activity happening on the mainstem Columbia in recent weeks, there obviously isn’t much to report. Dam passage remains great however with the technical advisory committee (TAC) meeting on 4/29 to update the run size. It does look positive as they upgraded the run size to 220,000 returning…

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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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