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”

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”

First springer caught

April 27, 2020 On Saturday I received an email and a picture from Hector Rodriguez. His message read, “Got my first one thanks to you and your videos”. That really made my day. Messages like this remind me of how fortunate I was to receive help when I started salmon fishing. We have a fantasticContinue reading “First springer caught”

You Win Some and you Lose Some

On April 12th we trolled through the Spaghetti Factory stretch of the Willamette river at 6am.  I usually make a couple of passes through this zone to see if any nets go up.  If fish are being caught I stay in the area.   If there’s no action I either stay and hope that a bite turnsContinue reading “You Win Some and you Lose Some”

Slooooooow Takedown

We fished the Willamette River on April 11th for another elusive Spring Chinook. We intercepted our fish below the Ross Island Bridge while trolling in 30 feet of water. Our line counters were at 24 feet when the springer tugged on a whole herring. This was an interesting takedown because our fish seemed content toContinue reading “Slooooooow Takedown”

Springer Caught on 4/10/2020

We launched my boat at 6am this morning at Willamette Park near downtown Portland. The launch was busier than expected but we quickly got our gear setup and started trolling toward the Spaghetti Factory. I brought green and red label herring in addition to spinners and Brad’s superbait. We elected to use triangle flashers withContinue reading “Springer Caught on 4/10/2020”

Another Springer Caught

We caught a nice springer on Tuesday across the river from the Willamette park boat ramp.  The area is referred to as “Turkey Flats”.  On our second pass a phone call came in from Mike, a friend that was fishing down river.  He said, “we just killed one”.  I was holding my rod at theContinue reading “Another Springer Caught”

Springers are in the system

Springer fishing generally picks up in the month of April. The fishing reports from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday indicate that we are off to a good start. On Friday the best reports came from the Lower Channel and Scappoose Bay area. Multiple people told me that the bite was good. I fished there on SaturdayContinue reading “Springers are in the system”

Changing Conditions

Reports indicate that there’s been an uptick in Springer activity in the Willamette river and the Multnomah channel this week. The recent rains may have pushed a fresh batch of Spring Chinook into the system and it’s not surprising given that April is generally a good month for fishing. Much to my surprise, I’ve receivedContinue reading “Changing Conditions”

Springer In the Box

We caught an early springer on Saturday in the Multnomah Channel. The head of the channel starts from the Willamette river in Northwest Portland and flows into the Columbia river near St. Helens. Fresh spring chinook from the Columbia river make their way up the Channel every year in the early spring. I want toContinue reading “Springer In the Box”