Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 26th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 26th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Going from least to greatest, summer steelhead fishing on the mainstem remains a fair option. It’s clear however, it is a depressed year. Double-digit days are common for experienced guides and anglers, that is not happening at this time. Persistent and knowledgable anglers are catching fish every day, with a…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 14th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Well, this will be easy… Summer Chinook season is closed, summer steelhead action is poor, and not many are participating in the catch and release sturgeon fishery, which is performing quite well. I’ll just skip to the creel report, you won’t be impressed: On Saturday’s (6/8) flight, 62 salmonid boats…

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Columbia River Fishing Report May 31st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report May 31st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s sturgeon season on the lower Columbia and like any kind of fishing, well, it’s fishing. Some boats are getting them one day, other boats are getting them other days. One thing is consistent, no ONE guide boat is consistent on every opener. Tides have been challenging with morning incoming…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 17th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast May 17th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – It’s all sturgeon, all the time on the mainstem Columbia. With salmon season closed, sturgeon in the estuary has been the main focus and although it started off pretty good on Monday, May 13th, the Wednesday opener was less than impressive. Boats were pretty optimistic after a productive opener, but…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 27th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – With summer steelhead still at mediocre status, most people are anxious to get the fall Chinook run underway. If you haven’t heard, although Chinook counts are forecasted to be down, there is still certainly a robust enough Chinook fishery to produce some good catches. The actual forecast, all sub-species included,…

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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 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 and Forecast June 8th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – First, the good news, an extension! Here is the official press release. The bad news? It’s because the fishing has been so poor. No increase in the run size update of 116,000 fish either, Plain and simple, the fish are there, the river is still high, and the fish are hard…

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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 May 11th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – We’re still sidelined, but numbers are improving over Bonneville Dam. There was one 7K day, but let’s not hope that was the peak passage day, or we’ll be in trouble. Flows did jump, and that appeared to slow passage so we’ll see what happens over the weekend. No sign of additional…

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Columbia River Fishing Report October 27th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – The sturgeon fishery far under-performed most people’s expectations. So much so, the collective departments of fish and wildlife gave anglers an additional day on the water. This press release gives you all the details, but it seems rain or shine, it’s tough fishing out there on the mainstem. Catches seemed best in…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast October 13th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite a waning fishery, anglers are still consistently catching Chinook and coho in the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. Chinook catches are slowing, as coho become the predominate species hitting the deck in recent days. Those that are finding the most success are using Pro Trolls with spinners however. Davis Bar…

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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 27th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Salmon remains the mainstay for anglers fishing the lower Columbia. The coho bite has improved from the CR Buoy southwestward during the recent week. It’s the same old standard stuff; troll anchovies, herring will work too, but an early effort pays the biggest dividends. Some guides speak of the need…

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Columbia River Fishing Report July 21st, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report – Overall, fishing in the mainstem Columbia remains challenging. Here is the ODF&W report for the week. If you like walleye fishing, it looks like the John Day reach is on fire! Salmon, Steelhead and Shad On Saturday’s (7/15) flight, 162 salmonid boats and 49 Oregon bank anglers were counted from…

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