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”

Weekend Recap

July 6, 2020 Salmon fishing was very good over the weekend. Fish were taken in the Willamette river, the Columbia river, and the ocean. My boat was on the water Thursday evening, Friday Morning, and Sunday. Our Thursday evening trip on the Willamette produced two keepers, one lost, and one takedown. Friday morning we hadContinue reading “Weekend Recap”

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”

Willamette Salmon fishing has picked up

April 8, 2020 Last week the fishing on the lower Willamette picked up. The fish counters reported good numbers caught Wednesday through Sunday and several fish were over 20 pounds. That leads me to believe that a batch of Columbia River summer Chinook could be in the mix. It’s been a tough spring season soContinue reading “Willamette Salmon fishing has picked up”

Back to Springer Fishing

June 1, 2020 We picked up a nice hatchery Spring Chinook on Sunday morning. The bite has improved and catches have been more consistent. Our fish took a Brad’s Superbait cut-plug (chrome/chartreuse). It was stuffed with tuna fish and topped with bloody tuna oil. Our line counters were at 20 feet and we were usingContinue reading “Back to Springer Fishing”

I love Salmon Fishing but the Salt is calling

May 21, 2020 Today was the first day of all depth Halibut fishing in the central Oregon Coast subarea. My friends Pedro and Gabriel braved the ocean and got their daily halibut limit. Although I’m not giving up on spring Chinook, if the ocean conditions are really good I will put a line in theContinue reading “I love Salmon Fishing but the Salt is calling”

Columbia River open for four additional days

May 14, 2020 Salmon fishing on the Columbia river will be open for another four days starting tomorrow. The open dates are May 15, 16, 17 and 20. The previous opener which ended on Wednesday was mostly filled with frustration due to a catch rate of one fish for every 20 anglers. The conditions goingContinue reading “Columbia River open for four additional days”

A tough weekend

The fishing reports that I received throughout the week weren’t favorable. The channel had the best action but it wasn’t what you’d expect for the latter part of April. This past Saturday I trolled from the Sauvies Island bridge to the Scappoose bay area. Although we marked a few fish we couldn’t find a biter.Continue reading “A tough weekend”

Good action in the Willamette

On Wednesday I decided to return to my old stomping grounds, the Head of the Multnomah Channel. Normally I choose a location based on good reports but on this day I just wanted to do some relaxing fishing at a place that feels like home. My expectations weren’t high as the reports in this areaContinue reading “Good action in the Willamette”