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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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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