Spring chinook are probably the highest quality salmon that swims in our waters. They are highly sought after because of their high flavor content and superior fighting ability. Spring chinook begin to enter Tillamook County bays and rivers in early April. These fish do not spawn until the early fall and for this reason, they enter fresh water with an exceptionally high fat content so they can over summer in fresh water in healthy condition. This fat content is what gives them their exceptional flavor for grilling, baking, poaching or smoking to name just a few. It may take several trips before you catch one of these great prizes but it is well worth the wait!
The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.