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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 4th – 10th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery is awkwardly disappointing right now. With Chinook season below Tongue Point closed, frustrated anglers, as well as business owners are hopping mad at fishery managers for closing Chinook fishing in the most productive reach of the river. After 3 days of productive coho fishing, they have…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 28th – September 3rd, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report- Yes, it’s Buoy 10 so yes, you’re not going to get them every time, even us guides. Most might say we had a better year last year but overall, action for chinook and a growing number of coho remains steady on the lower Columbia. It remains perplexing, and somewhat worrisome, why…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 21st – August 27th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, we knew it was due to break loose anytime. The Chinook bite is fully underway in the estuary right now. Early morning trollers are taking easy limits of Chinook, at least those that know the patterns to choose, coupled with a little bit of luck. Although some are trying…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 14th – August 20th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although few would say we’re off to a gangbuster start, it’s becoming clear that we are entering peak season for the chinook portion of our Buoy 10 fishery. Chinook catches are becoming more consistent but we haven’t had that mother lode day where you know the bulk of the run…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 7th – August 13th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Buoy 10 Chinook are in full force on the lower Columbia River. Estuary anglers were also surprised by the ample number of Coho in the area last weekend as well. Both species are providing a great early start to the fishery.   With an early-morning high tide series amongst us,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 31st – August 6th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although the main stem Columbia is suffering the same circumstances as many other local rivers, the bite doesn’t seem to be largely affected. For this late into July, the bite is good river wide.   Here is the ODFW Creel checks for the weekend. You’ll note that action remains fair…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 24th – July 30th, 2015

Columbia River Fishing Report – Action for summer chinook is still going on, for reasons I can’t figure. Effort remains somewhat low but gorge anglers, at least on paper, seem to be doing the best with a fish per boat average checked over the weekend. With fewer and fewer summers crossing Bonneville, even this kind…

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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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