The Columbia should give up some fish

For the Columbia River Spring Chinook season I always start around March 25th. Prior to that the water temperature is too cold and the fish don’t have much energy. My fishing network has mostly reported spotty fishing so far but it’s picking up. In the picture above Cliff caught a Columbia river chrome springer onContinue reading “The Columbia should give up some fish”

Springer Fishing is off to a good start

March 13, 2022 Every year we have a big storm in late February or early March that brings a nice batch of Spring Chinook to the Portland Area. A pattern emerges where the Willamette and Columbia rivers rise several feet and the turbidity levels increase to the point where the Willamette river looks like chocolate.Continue reading “Springer Fishing is off to a good start”

Preparing for Spring Chinook Fishing

A handful of early spring chinook (Springers) have been caught but we usually don’t see consistent catches until late March.  I’ve been out four times doing tune-up runs but haven’t seen any fish caught yet.  Every year I do tune-up runs and I feel it’s one of the best ways to make sure that I’m readyContinue reading “Preparing for Spring Chinook Fishing”

Columbia River Re-Opener

September 17, 2020 The Columbia River re-opens on September 19th through December 31st from Buoy 10 to Highway 395 near Pasco. There’s a two fish limit of which only one can be a Chinook. Fin clipped Coho below the Hood River bridge can be kept but steelhead must be released. Please check the full regulationsContinue reading “Columbia River Re-Opener”

The Columbia is Re-Opening Friday – Sunday

September 9, 2020 The Columbia river is re-opening from Buoy 10 to US 395 bridge near Pasco. Bill Monroe summarizes the regulation change in the following article: Fishing was very good last week and I would expect it to be even better this weekend but I’m most likely going on a Tuna fishing trip.Continue reading “The Columbia is Re-Opening Friday – Sunday”

Fall Chinook salmon trolling

September 6, 2020 August was a sparse month of fishing for me. I only managed one day of fishing at Buoy 10 and my boat skunked out (Ouch). For those that may not know, the August Buoy 10 fall chinook salmon season is a huge fishing event. Hundreds of thousands of salmon pass through theContinue reading “Fall Chinook salmon trolling”

First day of Buoy 10 – 2020

August 14, 2020 My friend Tony Owsian (above) of Tony O Guided Adventures reported an early limit for his boat on the first day at Buoy 10. My friend Mike Fisenko (Above) of Mikey’s Guided Adventure sent these photos. Mike and his crew landed some nice fish today. I’ve heard various reports and all wereContinue reading “First day of Buoy 10 – 2020”

Buoy 10

August 13, 2020 August 14th is the first day of “Buoy 10” fishing near the mouth of the Columbia river. It’s considered the Superbowl of fishing in our region. Thousands of boats troll the river for Chinook and Coho salmon every August. When the bite turns on at Buoy 10 it feels like every boatContinue reading “Buoy 10”

Weekend Wrap-up

July 27, 2020 Pictured above are Dennis and Abby holding prized Columbia river steelhead. At 11 years old, Abby is described as a “Steelhead plunking pro”. It’s great to see young people that have a passion for fishing. Dennis reported that his group went 3 for 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations to AbbyContinue reading “Weekend Wrap-up”