Columbia River Fishing Report

More Spring Chinook Opportunity for Mainstem Columbia River Anglers Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, while we should be excited for additional opportunity on the mainstem Columbia River, there’s a reason we have additional opportunity on the mainstem Columbia River. Fishing for spring Chinook was challenging on the last 4-day opener that concluded on May…

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We have Saturday and next Wednesday to pursue springers on the mainstem

Columbia River Fishing Report – With anticipation running high, anglers and guides were poised for a great day on Tuesday, May 5th. The states were opening outdoor recreation back up, we’re in the peak migration period for Columbia River spring Chinook (which is an unprecedented opportunity for us to get to fish in) and the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 1st, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although there is nothing to report other than passage at Bonneville is improving things are looking up for the Columbia fishery. If you didn’t catch it in the Fisheries Update section, there is going to be a joint state call between Oregon and Washington tomorrow afternoon, to discuss the re-opening…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 24th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – While there isn’t much to report from the Columbia River as far as salmon, steelhead or sturgeon fishing goes, anglers that know there way around the Columbia River bar and how to fish for bottomfish off of the sunken and south jetty did really well on the soft tides and…

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Columbia River Fishing Report April 10th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – As you already know, the Columbia remains closed with the run starting to ramp up at Bonneville Dam. To date, 173 adult spring Chinook have passed the facility but no one has access to them as of yet. While passing wild spring Chinook is something to celebrate, there are a…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and No Need for a Forecast March 27th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – As we mentioned in the Fisheries Update section of this newsletter, fishing on the mainstem Columbia has been less than impressive. Only 36 spring Chinook have passed Bonneville Dam to date, far more than have been recorded in the creel checks as of late. For those that haven’t heard, Oregon…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 20, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – The weekend creel report speaks for itself. Although there was no check in the gorge fishery, downstream areas consistently reported no fish, no fish, no fish. Neither the bank or boat fishery produced creelable catches this weekend. It’s early for spring Chinook on the mainstem. The bulk of the springers…

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Columbia River Fishing Reports and Forecast March 13th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although spring Chinook passage at Bonneville Dam has now reached double digits, it’s too early to gauge how the run will perform overall. It’s likely that it will come close to prediction if recent years have been any indication. Catch rates have been abysmal. That’s no surprise as early entering…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 6th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s still early on the mainstem Columbia as both Oregon’s and Washington’s creel programs came up with next to nothing for catch over the weekend. A single wild steelhead was released from the Portland to Westport stretch was recorded, that’s it. With 7 fish over Bonneville Dam, we can officially…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 28th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s still early for high prospects on the Columbia River and the creel check confirms that. On the weekend check, there were no salmon or steelhead reported from either the bank or boat fleet. That’s not too surprising, but river conditions are improving for plunkers along the beach. The flood…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast February 21st, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s a big, brown river right now and there’s next to no effort for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and even walleye is coming into question. Flood waters from the Eastern Oregon flooding is now taking its toll on the mainstem Columbia. If the river were a bit more tame right now,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 14th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report February 14th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still not much writing about for the mainstem Columbia just yet. The springer counts at Bonneville remains at 5, with no new ones passing. That said, plunking with spin-n-glos along the Oregon shoreline is not a bad idea in the high, but improving flows. Willamette bound springers will be hugging…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 7th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – Still not much going on in the mainstem Columbia River, but plunkers are hard at work, trying to intercept a Willamette River bound early spring Chinook, or a broodstock steelhead destined for the Clackamas or Sandy Rivers. There’s been a few caught, but it’s early, the water conditions are less…

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 31st, 2020

As one might guess, there isn’t a lot going on in the mainstem Columbia right now. That said, there are plunkers working lower Columbia beaches and they’re catching some winter steelhead and reliable rumors suggest a springer or two has been hooked (one landed). Colder, high flows are conducive to success along lower Columbia beaches…

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Columbia River Fishing Reports January 24th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – I guess I haven’t been paying much attention, but 5 Chinook have been tallied at Bonneville Dam to date. I’m not sure when they passed, but they must be classified as spring Chinook, seems like an anomaly to me. Maybe more headline news, some guides are reporting good sturgeon fishing…

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