Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 28th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast June 28th, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – Despite being the historical monster salmon producer it once was, the mighty Columbia has fallen on hard times, at least for now. Summer Chinook fishing remains closed and summer steelhead fishing is fair at best. Sturgeon season of course remains closed for retention, but the catch and release fishing is…

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Columbia River Fishing Report June 21st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report June 21st, 2019

Columbia River Fishing Report – With steelhead fishing poor, the main focus on the lower Columbia is catch and release sturgeon, and it’s good! And of course we have an offshore coho opener to look for, but more on that later. You can read Terry Otto’s column if you want a pre-cursor. Here is the…

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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 13th, 2018

Columbia River Fishing Report – Summer steelhead are starting to pour over Bonneville Dam, but that doesn’t mean action is off the hook for sport anglers. In fact, here is the recreational creel check, which shows low interest, and even lower catch rates: Salmon, Steelhead and Shad On Saturday’s (7/7) flight, 72 salmonid boats and…

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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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Columbia River Fishing Report and Forecast July 7th, 2017

Columbia River Fishing Report –  As you can see from the below ODF&W creel checks, there isn’t much interest from salmon or steelhead anglers. And as you can see from the catch rates, you’ll know why: On Sunday’s (7/2) flight, 47 salmonid boats and 38 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to…

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