Columbia River Fishing Report January 3rd, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the opening of the commercial crabbing season, success for lower Columbia crabbers should taper. The last crabbing trip I did (December 23rd), action seemed to be even better than the previous few crabbing outings. No doubt that persistent crabbers should still be able to catch limits or near limits,…

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Columbia River (crabbing) Report December 27th, 2019

Columbia River (crabbing) Report December 27th, 2019

Columbia River (crabbing) Report – Despite a big tide swing early this week, crabbing seemed to actually improve recently on the lower Columbia. The last part of incoming tide produced easy limits for our boat of 7 on Monday, taking 84 keepers and tossing back many more. Crabbing the lower Desdemona Tongue through the first…

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Columbia River (crabbing) Report December 20th, 2019

Columbia River (crabbing) Report December 20th, 2019

Columbia River Crabbing Report – It’s still all about the crab at this point. Limits are becoming harder to come by, there’s been a lot of pressure in this fishery and it’s starting to show by the more challenging crabbing conditions and the smaller grade of crab. You’ve heard it before however, get away from…

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Columbia River Crabbing Report December 6th, 2019

Columbia River Crabbing Report – Yes, that’s because there isn’t any fishing going on here. Crabbing however remains excellent for those targeting the high tide. There are plenty of people out along Social Security Beach so it would behoove you to try a less populated location, ideally deeper water, to find better crabbing. It’s likely…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 22nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing (crabbing) Report – Crabbing remains good in the lower Columbia River, but competition is fierce. It’s best if you crab away from the crowds to reduce the competition and don’t be afraid to crab the deeper water if you’re rigged appropriately for that. Be aware that gear can sand in on the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast November 15th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast – It’s all about the crabbing and on occasion, the bottomfishing in the estuary of the lower Columbia now. With the delay in the commercial crabbing opener, recreational crabbers working the lower Columbia will have an extended opportunity this winter. The commercial season is delayed at least until December…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 8th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Salmon anglers on the Columbia are now limited to the reach from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam. The bulk of the coho (and Chinook) are upstream of Bonneville Dam so salmon fishing on the Columbia is effectively over. Coho fishing above Bonneville had been fairly productive, but now it’s closed…

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Columbia River Fishing Report November 1st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With little left on the table besides estuary Dungeness Crab, there isn’t much effort happening on the lower Columbia River. Here are last week’s catch statistics to prove it: Salmon, Steelhead and Shad Boat anglers in the Bonneville Pool averaged almost a coho kept per boat. Buoy 10 Boats: No…

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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 January 4th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – The only thing that has changed for this crabbing report, is that the commercial fleet went in on or near New Year’s Day and is likely pulling pots as we speak. That should put a damper on the success of the sport fleet, which has been pretty good for much of…

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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 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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