Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 3rd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 3rd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – It was another challenging week for spring Chinook anglers on the last Columbia River opener. High, turbid water kept catches subdued and it’s unclear as to whether or not there will be additional time for sport anglers. Right from the horse’s mouth (ODF&W biologist Jimmy Watts at Columbia River managment,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 26th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 26th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite another weekend opportunity for sportanglers on the mainstem Columbia, only 88 spring Chinook were modeled to have been taken. High, cold water was a contributing factor to low catch rates. The Willamette was also fishing well so effort shifted to this fishery. Test netting conducted on Sunday saw a…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 19th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 19th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Fishery managers once again extended a weekend opportunity for sport anglers on the lower Columbia downstream of Bonneville. Following last weekend’s high water, low productivity fishery, managers decided we were far from attaining the sport quota downstream of Bonneville and gave us another 2 days (Saturday and Sunday, April 20th…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 12th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 12th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – The last few days of the Columbia season wasn’t impressive. I fished with about 16 other guide boats in a large tournament on Wednesday. Collectively, there had to be nearly 100 rods fishing in the tournament. The grand total for the day was 2 fish, and one barely tipped the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 5th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report –  With only a handful of days left for the Columbia River fishery, either the run is tracking late like it has for the last handful of years, or it is over-predicted. That’s assuming we can rely on catch rates that have historically told the tale of fish are present in…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Spring Chinook are starting to spark on the mainstem although those in hot pursuit report it’s far from a productive fishery, yet. The water is still cold and the season is still early, but Sunday’s test fishing results are showing greater numbers of fish entering the system. Fishery officials conducted…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 8th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still no spring Chinook across Bonneville Dam, but that’s no surprise. There was some effort on the lower Columbia (above Warrior Rock, mind you), but nobody came up with a salmon dinner for their time. It’s cold, fish are migrating slowly, biting even slower and largely destined for the Willamette River…

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Columbia River Fishing Report March 1st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Most notable are the new regulations that should effectively keep us off of critically low numbers of Cowlitz spring Chinook this season. In essence, the mainstem is closed downstream of Warrior Rock as of now. Here is the cut and paste from the ODF&W web site: SALMON, STEELHEAD, and SHAD All…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast February 22nd, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still not much happening on the mainstem Columbia. With high, cold flows, fish are slow to move and slower to bite. There are certainly a few spring Chinook, wild and hatchery steelhead available, especially for plunkers working lower river beaches on the Oregon side. The minus tide series we’re currently on…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast February 15th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – It won’t be a banner weekend on the Columbia, and even though the water is turbid, there should still be a chance at a steelhead, less of a chance at a springer, along the lower Columbia River beaches. When the water clears, action should improve. Boaters don’t bother, unless your fishing right off…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 1st, 2019

  Columbia River Fishing Report – Still quiet on the mainstem although as the Fisheries Update indicated, there were some plunkers working the Rainier area beaches that scored some nice broodstock steelhead last week. I actually don’t know the history of plunkers working the beaches for winter steelhead, they certainly can’t be expecting early spring…

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 25th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the Willamette blown out, chances for an early season spring Chinook dropped even more this week. There won’t be much interest for the region’s largest river, I’d opt for other systems this weekend, and for the next month for that matter… Even crabbing is a poor prospect right now.

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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 May 18th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still no fishing for you! The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, hopefully to do a run size update. In order to do that, managers must feel confident that 50% of the run has passed Bonneville Dam. We’re on an uptick for Bonneville counts right now, and the run…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 26th, 2018

It’s still closed and passage at Bonneville remains the second lowest on record. We don’t think it’s because the fish aren’t there however, test netting has revealed large numbers of springers in the system. You can check the results here, As of Thursday, the count finally eclipsed 1,000 fish. Don’t even think about another option…

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