Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 31st, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s not been an overwhelming week at Buoy 10. The action overall hasn’t been bad, but taking fish home for the amount of action one has had is not impressive. The coho catch in the Buoy 10 to Tongue Point reach has largely been wild fish. We lucked out on…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 27th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With summer steelhead still at mediocre status, most people are anxious to get the fall Chinook run underway. If you haven’t heard, although Chinook counts are forecasted to be down, there is still certainly a robust enough Chinook fishery to produce some good catches. The actual forecast, all sub-species included,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report December 15th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – No news on fishing, but the 2018 Columbia River spring Chinook fishing forecast is in. 166,000 spring Chinook are due back to the Columbia, destined for rivers above Bonneville Dam. Team that up with 55,000 Willamette bound spring Chinook and we should see some fair opportunity for salmon in the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report October 27th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – The sturgeon fishery far under-performed most people’s expectations. So much so, the collective departments of fish and wildlife gave anglers an additional day on the water. This press release gives you all the details, but it seems rain or shine, it’s tough fishing out there on the mainstem. Catches seemed best in…

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Columbia River Fishing Report August 24th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – With peak season upon us, action should be blistering at this time of the month. That certainly was the case on Monday, eclipse day, but the action surely did not last as long as most had hoped. Fishing has been especially challenging the subsequent three days following the eclipse. Finally…

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Columbia River Fishing Report August 17th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery is clearly peaking. Although not everyone is having smashing success, there are large numbers of salmon in the estuary, as the traditional peak season has arrived. Fishing is as good as it’s going to get for the hordes of anglers in pursuit. The odd inconsistency of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 29th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – With summer Chinook closure looming on Saturday, anglers only have through today to pursue the river’s iconic species.   The quick closure surprised most, but catch rates in the lower and upper river below Bonneville Dam were at times, impressive.   In the last week, we’ve heard of fantastic fishing…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 21st, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although a few straggler Chinook remain, anglers will struggle to find success as fish make their way upstream of get close to spawning downstream of Bonneville Dam in the coming weeks. The creel check, particularly at Bonneville Dam, remained fairly impressive however: Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 15th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Between the weather and the extreme tides, there won’t be much use for fishing in the estuary this weekend.   Effort has remained low due to the poor coho return the Columbia is experiencing. There was some crabbing effort last weekend however, with the nice weather and the soft tides,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast August 19th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite the best efforts of dedicated anglers, most are coming away from the Buoy 10 fishery quite disappointed. Statistics show that catch rates for chinook salmon are half of their explosive catch success rates from last year. Most anglers feel that the numbers just aren’t there, but many also agree…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 1st, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Ocean salmon season opens on the north coast on July 1st. Unreliable reports from the commercial fleet that there are fair numbers of Chinook available. The latest report has ample numbers of fish available on the 350-foot line due west of the lighthouse, just north of the Columbia River entrance.…

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Columbia River Fishing Report June 17th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Columbia River is showing early signs of promise for a mix of late running spring Chinook as well as early returning summer fish. Recent reports from Davis bar indicate a motivated angler base that is applying last falls successful trolling catch to this year’s summer chinook fishery. Reports from…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 10th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Sport anglers that continue to pursue salmon on the mainstem are largely coming away disappointed. There remains pockets of productivity but even those are inconsistent. Counts at Bonneville Dam are starting to tick upward, an indication that the summer run of Chinook may be approaching. Summer steelhead are quickly becoming…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 13th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, a re-opener of the lower Columbia River for spring Chinook. Although dam passage has been lackluster the last few days, enough fish have passed over the facility to allow managers to reopen the fishery. Managers put a buffer on the available quota…

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