Columbia River Fishing Report August 2nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report August 2nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Let’s get the small stuff out of the way. Catch and release sturgeon fishing isn’t happening anymore. There are still fish available, but the bite has tapered and very few are interested. It’s salmon season! Call me a snob, I know! Summer steelhead remain an option, especially below Longview, but…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 3rd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Buoy 10 fishery underway, many anglers remember some pretty good fishing in early August in recent years. As predicted however, this won’t be one of those years. The August 1 opener can produce good catches on years with a high return, but with the prediction of around 400k,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report June 29th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – The summer Chinook run hasn’t been officially downgraded just yet, but it’s coming. We’ll start off this report with the bad news, the summer Chinook fishery is closing after Saturday, and the sport fleet will end up going over their quota due to the downgraded run size. No 4th of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 22nd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although the Columbia has been closed since the 15th, summer Chinook opens again starting today (Friday, June 22nd). Prior to the closure on the 15th, action was not fantastic, but fish were being caught. Since the closure, numbers at Bonneville have slightly improved, as late June and early July are…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Another sub-par performance for Columbia River anglers, but salmon and steelhead are being caught. At the close of business on Friday (6/15) spring Chinook fishing on the mainstem Columbia will close. The summer Chinook season opens on June 22nd and will last through July 4th, only fin-clipped Chinook may be…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 8th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – First, the good news, an extension! Here is the official press release. The bad news? It’s because the fishing has been so poor. No increase in the run size update of 116,000 fish either, Plain and simple, the fish are there, the river is still high, and the fish are hard…

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Columbia River Fishing Report May 31st, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite increased opportunity for mainstem salmon (and steelhead), success rates haven’t been all that impressive for what can be an exciting time of year. The Columbia has fish in it, but numbers at Bonneville are dropping fast, with little sign of recovery for spring Chinook anyway. Summer steelhead returns are…

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Columbia River Fishing Report May 3rd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s all about the viewing window now. Test netting in the lower river did show a slow-down in numbers, but still robust enough to think we’re in for some big passage days. So far, it’s looking very grim at Bonneville Dam, but more will be revealed by this week’s passage.…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, some fish finally showed up. Anglers working the lower Columbia downstream of Camas started to see an improvement in action Wednesday and Thursday. It appears as if the fish have finally showed up. Reports from the airport area to Westport (Oregon) were consistently better for trollers and anchor anglers.…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 13th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite a waning fishery, anglers are still consistently catching Chinook and coho in the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. Chinook catches are slowing, as coho become the predominate species hitting the deck in recent days. Those that are finding the most success are using Pro Trolls with spinners however. Davis Bar…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 5th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – With fish passage rapidly winding down at Bonneville, so is the fall Chinook bite downstream of the dam. With the lower return experienced this year vs. previous years, it’s to be expected that fishing will taper quickly under this scenario. Pro trollers are still after them however, with sporadic results…

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Columbia River Fishing Report September 22nd, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – With coho nearly non-existent in the Buoy 10 area, most anglers are focusing their efforts in the Bonneville to St. Helens reach and still finding fair success for Chinook despite shrinking numbers passing Bonneville Dam. Success for the Pro Troll fleet has become more sporadic however. The most consistent fishing…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast September 15th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery was nothing short of spectacular all week. That changed on Friday however, when anglers got a reality check that it’s not all peaches and cream. It was easy limits up until Friday, and although several guides and anglers caught ample numbers of hatchery coho, limits were…

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Columbia River Fishing Report August 10th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – We’re entering peak season for Buoy 10 anglers and it just ain’t happening…yet. Flashbacks of last year are starting to come back where the fish were there, they just weren’t biting. Let’s hope we’re not doing that again this year. Chinook are clearly in the river, but not in the…

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