Fishing for salmon continues to be fantastic into the month of Oct! Most Columbia River fishing guides will tell you that the fall Chinook fishery is their favorite time of the year. Because of high catch rates, and nice sized fish that get caught on a daily basis, it’s easy to see why the fall is a fishing guide’s best season for catching their client’s fish. Now that the Columbia River has slowed down the tributaries of the “big river” have prevailed for the last month or so. The Cowlitz River and Lewis River along with Tillamook Bay and other famous Oregon rivers have been the go to for about a month now. Just as Tillamook is at its peak fishing for salmon in Nov, Winter Chinook start to come in on other tributaries of the Columbia. Just because old man winter is coming to the northwest doesn’t mean that fishing goes cold too, there is plenty of opportunity to catch dandy Chinook all through Oct, Nov, and Dec. Winter Steelhead on the Cowlitz River and Lewis River will shortly follow, and I’ll tell you those fish are a kick in the pants to catch! Prime dates are still open in Nov and Dec, don’t miss out on some awesome salmon and steelhead fishing to come!
What a September it has been on the Columbia River and Lewis River for Fall Chinook! 2012 has been a well above average year for the Chinook on the Columbia River, Lewis River, and Cowlitz River so far! With thousands of Fall Chinook still to come in through October, and November, the Lewis typically remains a strong fishery for another month and a half! With a very short break between Winter Chinook and Winter Steelhead, colder (but not to cold) weather returns to the Pacific North West but the fishing will start heating up for the Winter Steelhead on the tributaries of the Columbia River. By late December Winter steelheading is in full swing and lasts through most of March on the Lewis and Cowlitz Rivers. Don’t get cabin fever this fall and winter, come join us on some dynamite fishing to come!