Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 12, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, the Columbia has been closed since last Sunday, but the fishery didn’t end all that well. A strong influx if water quelled the bite, and by Saturday, especially with the predicted storm, the river was nearly empty. The only day I fished on the Columbia, last Friday, the action…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 29th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – The Columbia remains sporadic, but at least by now, anglers can expect a reasonable chance at some fish. Those putting in the hours are reporting good action one day, challenging the next, which isn’t uncommon, even for this late into March. The best action remains downstream of Troutdale, and Bonneville…

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Columbia River Fishing Report March 16th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Not so surprisingly, the mainstem Columbia remains somewhat cool to success despite a fair effort underway for blackface springers. It’s still early and although the catch doesn’t necessarily all of a sudden show up, the first week of April will produce catch rates that will likely eat well into the…

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Columbia River Fishing Report March 9th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With all the cold weather last week, mainstem Columbia water temperatures dropped and killed  what little chance anglers had at catching springers in the first place. There certainly are fish in the water, and numbers should increase every week, but cold temperatures stall out upriver migration and that surely happened…

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Columbia River Fishing Reports March 2nd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Reports – Some spring Chinook were reported the previous week, but action this week slowed as flows came up and the water dirtied too. ODF&W creel checks realized no catches last week, with the most effort justifiably downstream of St. Helens. Anglers have to expect hit or miss fishing this time of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 23rd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although it’s still early for Columbia River springers, some fair weather recently, coupled with good water conditions had a few motivated anglers on the water, in pursuit of likely Willamette River “snow-bellies.” These white chinned, white bellied fish start to make a showing on the Columbia this time of year,…

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Columbia River Fishing Report – February 16th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Simply put, the count remains at: 2 Spring Chinook fishing on the mainstem Columbia is worthless right now. There may be a rare Willamette bound “snow-belly” in the lower reaches, but have you ever heard the phrase a snow-belly’s chance in hell? You get my drift. (Microphone drops)…

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Columbia River Fishing Report February 9th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Nope, still nothing. The needle on the Chinook fish count hasn’t even changed. Still just 2 Chinook over Bonneville Dam. Nothing to worry about just yet. If you’re motivated to get up early and set crab pots, the crabbing in the lower Columbia could be fair. Keep in mind that…

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Columbia River Fishing Report January 18th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Not much to report here, other than the appearance of two “spring Chinook” at Bonneville Dam since the New Year. Hardly enough to get excited about, but I’ve been told folks have caught Chinook on January 1st at Davis Bar in year’s past. That’s gotta be like finding a needle in…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 28th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Following a mediocre at best season, the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is now closed, and likely won’t reopen for salmon until mid-May at the earliest. Sport anglers came within approximately 350 adult spring Chinook from attaining our nearly 7,000 fish quota. It was a historic season in the sense that this…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast April 14th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – There’s a reason the Columbia River sportfishery is extended yet again. Catches in the mainstem, although picking up, are far from impressive for mid-April. We’re nearing the peak passage date at Bonneville, but only 305 have passed the facility as of April 12th. Test netting still shows an impressive 7…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast March 17th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite less than ideal conditions, the Columbia River is again on the move, and not just of the water volume type. Yes, the water is high, way high actually, but anglers are starting to see some catching happening, but it’s still a needle in a haystack situation. A handful of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 20th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – As predicted, action on the lower Columbia following last weekend’s three-day opener was less than impressive. Catch rates averaged about one fish for every 10 boats downstream of Bonneville Dam. The just action was for bank anglers fishing near Bonneville Dam where punkers were averaging one hatchery chinook for every…

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