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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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Another sub-par performance for Columbia River anglers, but salmon and steelhead are being caught. At the close of business on Friday (6/15) spring Chinook fishing on the mainstem Columbia will close. The summer Chinook season opens on June 22nd and will last through July 4th, only fin-clipped Chinook may be…

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Columbia River Fishing Report May 31st, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite increased opportunity for mainstem salmon (and steelhead), success rates haven’t been all that impressive for what can be an exciting time of year. The Columbia has fish in it, but numbers at Bonneville are dropping fast, with little sign of recovery for spring Chinook anyway. Summer steelhead returns are…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 29th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – With summer Chinook closure looming on Saturday, anglers only have through today to pursue the river’s iconic species.   The quick closure surprised most, but catch rates in the lower and upper river below Bonneville Dam were at times, impressive.   In the last week, we’ve heard of fantastic fishing…

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Columbia River Fishing Report May 12th, 2017

Well, no news is good news, right? Well, we have some news for you, and it’s not good. Here is the press release that indicates the dire situation of the Columbia River spring Chinook fishery: Thursday, May 11, 2017 SALEM, Ore – An action packed weekend is coming up in LaGrande at the 12th annual Ladd…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 10th, 2016

Columbia River Fishing Report – Sport anglers that continue to pursue salmon on the mainstem are largely coming away disappointed. There remains pockets of productivity but even those are inconsistent. Counts at Bonneville Dam are starting to tick upward, an indication that the summer run of Chinook may be approaching. Summer steelhead are quickly becoming…

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