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Columbia River Fishing Report February 1st, 2019

  Columbia River Fishing Report – Still quiet on the mainstem although as the Fisheries Update indicated, there were some plunkers working the Rainier area beaches that scored some nice broodstock steelhead last week. I actually don’t know the history of plunkers working the beaches for winter steelhead, they certainly can’t be expecting early spring…

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 25th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Willamette blown out, chances for an early season spring Chinook dropped even more this week. There won’t be much interest for the region’s largest river, I’d opt for other systems this weekend, and for the next month for that matter… Even crabbing is a poor prospect right now.

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 18th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – As you may predict, there isn’t much to talk about here. Crabbing in the estuary should be tapering given the influx of commercial gear now in the estuary. The abundance of freshwater isn’t helping either. Some crabbers are still reporting good returns, but high tide is essential, and crab low…

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 11th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing (crabbing) Report – With fishing still a non-viable option, crabbing is the sole motivating factor, and that’s not too exciting now that the commercial fleet has gone in. The tides aren’t all that bad for weekend crabbers although the low slack is the predominate day-time tide. Furthermore, there rumor of a significant…

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Columbia River Fishing Report December 28th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still too early for any action on the Columbia River. Crabbing however is still a good thing. We took easy limits of large, quality Dungeness crab last weekend, even though the river was a bit rough. Success by pot varied, but crabbing off of the tongue of Desdemona Sands put…

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Columbia River Fishing Report December 21st, 2018

Columbia River Fishing (crabbing) Report – Still no fishing to be had, but crabbing in the estuary should remain good to excellent this weekend. Tides are excellent for an afternoon trip, whether the wind will allow this to happen or  not is still up for debate. Regardless, the crabbing should be excellent on the soft incoming…

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Columbia River Fishing Report December 14th, 2018

Nothing new to report here but you can view the 2019 spring and summer Chinook forecast HERE. Crabbing is of course excellent on the lower river, and tides are good for a big harvest over the weekend. Even though it’s low slack that will preside over the daylight hours, it is a soft outgoing tide…

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Columbia River Fishing Report December 7th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With only crabbing as an option, it remains excellent when weather allows. East winds have kept many at bay, and that could be the case on Saturday as well. The commercial fleet still seems several weeks away from prosecuting a fishery, so the sport fleet should still have good access…

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Columbia River Fishing (Crabbing) Report November 30th, 2018

Columbia River “Fishing” Report – Yeah, it’s really all about the crabbing at this point. Fishing for every species sucks right now. As for crabbing, the tides look quite good for weekend crabbers, but you’ll have to operate in the early morning hours, before sunrise actually, if you want to take advantage of the best…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 22, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – It should actually read “crabbing” report, not fishing report. Nothing much has changed as for the success of lower Columbia River crabbing, except the tide swing that is. Stronger tides limit opportunity for keeper Dungeness, but if crabbers catch the tide right, either high slack or low slack, the success…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 16th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Nothing to report here. D E A D  Z O N E ! ! ! Except for crabbing however. Crabbing out of Hammond remains excellent, and tides through this weekend are excellent too. I’m betting on heavy traffic so everyone has holiday crab cocktails for Thanksgiving! Use good bait, get…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 9th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Nothing new to report here. Salmon and steelhead fishing is closed, catch and release sturgeon fishing is mediocre at best. February may produce the first springer, but let’s see what the run forecast is first. It’ll be a slow news winter for this section for the foreseeable future. But of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report October 25th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing (more like crabbing) Report – Still all closed, except for crabbing. And crabbing is pretty good! Of course we’re on a strong tide series, so you really have to watch your gear and the tides to ensure you get all your pots back in a timely manner. The crabs seem numerous and of…

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