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”

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”

Salmon Fishing August 27, 2021

The Buoy 10 season has been more productive than expected. As a result, Chinook can no longer be kept from Buoy 10 to Tongue point. The Coho are flushing in nicely which should result in some really good salmon fishing below Tongue point. The ocean North of Cape Falcon is also closing for Salmon afterContinue reading “Salmon Fishing August 27, 2021”

Fall Fishing is in Full Swing

After a restful month and half I’m getting back into the swing of serious salmon fishing. I start my fall Chinook guide season in September (Portland to Bonneville) and will switch to catch and release sturgeon in November. I’ve made a couple of short trips on the Columbia near Portland this month and it paidContinue reading “Fall Fishing is in Full Swing”

Weekend Wrap UP

The wind forecast looked bad on Saturday so I rescheduled my Guided Educational fishing trip to Sunday. Dirk braved the Saturday wind with his friends Roger and Tony and it paid off. They landed a 17 lb. springer in the Multnomah Channel. Nice job guys. My Sunday guided trip was a success for my customer,Continue reading “Weekend Wrap UP”

Another Early Springer

Saturday was a beautiful day on the Willamette River. The sun was shining, the wind was calm, and the river was clear. Unfortunately, the fish weren’t as excited as the fishermen. According to reports there weren’t many fish caught but somehow we managed to find a native spring chinook in Downtown Portland. Our fish strippedContinue reading “Another Early Springer”

Smoke, Masks, and Chinook Salmon

September 11, 2020 The Chinook Salmon re-opener on the Columbia river started today and we easily found our limit by 8:30am. My Friend Tom hosted today’s trip on his 23 foot North River. All three rods caught fish in deep water with fifty feet on the line counter. My rod was hit first with aContinue reading “Smoke, Masks, and Chinook Salmon”

Weekend Recap

June 22, 2020 The Willamette river was open for keeper sturgeon this past Saturday. There was a huge effort but finding a fish between 44 and 50 inches was challenging. My friend, John Manser, picked up a 44 1/2 inch fish before 8am (picture #1). John taught me everything I know about sturgeon fishing yearsContinue reading “Weekend Recap”

Sandy River Springer

June 12, 2020 Pro-guide and friend Jeff Stoeger (O2BFISHN guide service) picked up this spring Chinook on the Sandy River on June 12. You can find his Sandy river fishing reports at the which is published every Thursday evening. This is another great resource for those of us that want to know where/how toContinue reading “Sandy River Springer”

Willamette Fishing Report

June 11, 2020 We fished below the St. John’s bridge today and it was quite crowded. The early birds were rewarded with a good bite and the remaining anglers had to grind-it-out to hook a fish. Unfortunately, we only had one takedown and it didn’t stick. On the bright side of things, several of myContinue reading “Willamette Fishing Report”