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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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This fishery is over

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”72″] With the exception of crabbing, this fishery is over. Extreme tides challenged crabbers last weekend as the window of opportunity was small. The high tide exchange, especially the strong minus (evening) outgoing, buries crab pots and made it unproductive to catch crab. Action was still fair to good for those diligent in their…

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Crabbing is great if you tried

[it-exchange-member-content membership_ids=”194,72″] Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s a crabbing show now and given the rough weather this week, effort was low. For the few that did brave the conditions, action was great; limit crabbing as a matter of fact. That is, if you crabbed in the right location. The Guide’s Forecast – Commercial crab…

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