Columbia River Fishing Report

Too Early For Spring Chinook, But When Waters Settle, Salmon and Steelhead An Option Columbia River Fishing Report – With a high and off-colored Columbia River, coupled with the fact that there aren’t many fish running up it right now, effort has remained light. At least we can start talking about fishing instead of ONLY…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

It’s Crabbing Time And The Commercial Fleet Is Delayed Columbia River (Crabbing) Report – It’s crabbing time on the lower Columbia and with the crabbing fleet delayed north of Cape Falcon for the foreseeable future (due to domoic acid levels), lower Columbia River crabbers should continue to do well, very well actually. It’s been just…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast

Columbia River Fishing Report – The entire river is now open to summer steelhead and sockeye salmon. All Chinook must be released. Here are the simplified regulations: Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)  Retention of all Chinook (adults and jacks) prohibited from June 16-July 31.Retention of hatchery steelhead and sockeye allowed…

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Columbia River Fishing Report

A Catch and Keep Sturgeon Season Coming to the Lower Columbia River? Columbia River Fishing Report – With salmon season closed, steelhead season opened only below I-5 (and not many of those to catch), and sturgeon season still on hold, there’s not much to report as of now. That said, there’s a little to report……

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Columbia River Fishing Report

Springers closed, steelhead open downstream of I-5 With the Columbia now closed, we won’t get a chance to forecast salmon on the mainstem for quite a while. Can you believe only 3 months until Buoy 10? By the way, if you haven’t seen them, the department has set the summer and fall seasons for the…

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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 10th, 2020

Columbia River Fishing Report – As you might guess, not a great prospect this time of year. With the commercial crabbing fleet on the water, there isn’t much room for success for sport crabbers this weekend. Couple that up with the King Tides this weekend, and the weather forecast, both on the water and in…

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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 February 8th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Plunkers are out working the banks of the Columbia River, and occasionally scoring some steelhead, but have yet to catch a Chinook, at least that’s publicly been reported. One angler did send a steelhead picture to me, claiming the season’s first springer, I hated to have to correct him. Willamette bound…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 20th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Steelhead numbers continue to improve at Bonneville Dam, but that doesn’t equate to robust sport catches. Beach and boat anglers continue to produce mediocre results despite it being peak season. With water temperatures continuing to warm, the bite is not likely to get any better, no matter how many fish…

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Columbia River Fishing Report July 6th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With the closure of summer Chinook, silver-sided seekers are left with steelhead, and the season is peaking about now. Good numbers of summer steelhead are starting to pass Bonneville Dam, and although temperatures continue to warm, the bite remains fairly stable when tides are favorable. The weekend creel report was less…

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Columbia River Fishing Report June 29th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – The summer Chinook run hasn’t been officially downgraded just yet, but it’s coming. We’ll start off this report with the bad news, the summer Chinook fishery is closing after Saturday, and the sport fleet will end up going over their quota due to the downgraded run size. No 4th of…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 22nd, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Although the Columbia has been closed since the 15th, summer Chinook opens again starting today (Friday, June 22nd). Prior to the closure on the 15th, action was not fantastic, but fish were being caught. Since the closure, numbers at Bonneville have slightly improved, as late June and early July are…

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