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”

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”

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”

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”

The Columbia is Closed

This week in fishing It’s been a slow week of Salmon fishing in Oregon with a few bright spots in the Columbia gorge area. I fished the Multnomah Channel below the Sauvies Island bridge yesterday and the Columbia River today. I didn’t mark many fish and failed to see a net go up on eitherContinue reading “The Columbia is Closed”

Spring Chinook Fishing 3/20/2020

It’s still early in the Spring Chinook season and there have been a few fish caught this week in the Willamette, the Multnomah Channel, and the Columbia river. The catch has been hit-and-miss in most areas but the effort is increasing and the bite should be more consistent as we move into April. The turbidityContinue reading “Spring Chinook Fishing 3/20/2020”