Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Coho Fishing Slowing, Chinook Still An Option From Bonneville Upstream Columbia River Fishing Report – Although we’re still in peak season for “B” run coho on the lower Columbia, catches have slowed from the previous week. Pro guide Jeff Keightley (503-468-2126) reported a slight slow down in the bite. Jeff stated that the previous week,…

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Oregon and SW Washington Fisheries Update

Columbia Chinook Bag Limit Doubles, Coastal Fall Chinook Fishing is Challenging Willamette Valley/Metro – Anglers got more good news, allowing them to retain up to two Chinook in the Columbia River mainstem. Anglers saw great action in the gorge on Wednesday, before the gillnets went in that night. Bonneville numbers are tapering, but action should…

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Chinook bag limit doubles, B-run coho entering the lower Columbia Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s the standard hit or miss fishery on the mainstem Columbia with Chinook trollers scoring BIG on Wednesday, but the commercial nets going in on Wednesday night, surely putting a damper on fishing for a few more days. We’re not…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Although Past Peak, More Chinook Action Still to Come on the Mainstem Columbia Columbia River Fishing Report – With a run-size upgrade for returning Columbia River fall Chinook and coho, anglers remain invigorated to pursue salmon on the mainstem Columbia. With wide-open opportunity, interest remains high. Starting with the lower river, coho is now making…

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Columbia River Fishing Reports and Forecast

Coho Yet to Show; Managers Extend Buoy 10 Chinook Option, Expanded Coho Limit Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite its abbreviated season, action continues along in the lower Columbia River with some bonus news coming in today. Managers on Thursday just expanded opportunity for the Buoy 10 fishery for both Chinook (2 days added) and…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Buoy 10 Start With a Bang, But Fades Fast, Good Fishing Upriver Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery opened with fairly productive fishing, although not as good as this writer had anticipated. Anglers had to work for their fish on opening day. The tides were great for an all day option and…

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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 August 10th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 season is well underway. Chinook have been caught in the river in fair number, although no one would say it’s wide open. There was a good bite on Tuesday, but as is common for the early part of the season, it did  not spill over into the…

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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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