Fishing through the month of October was one for the record books! Now that the month is nearly over, fishing is starting to slow down a bit. We are still catching 5 to 10 fish a day, and on a normal year that would be a great day but this year it is considered “slowing down”. I project fishing to really slow down around the 1st week in November, and then quickly ramp back up for the Winter Chinook. These fish will start showing in good numbers around the second week of Nov. If the Winter Chinook show up in not even half the numbers that the fall fish did, it will be one heck of a stellar Winter Chinook fishery this year! Don’t let the cooler weather detour you from getting out and catching some of the awesome winter run of Chinook in the very near future. I always carry a 45,000 BTU heater during the winter months, which is a big enough propane heater to melt a polar ice cap, so don’t worry about being miserable out on the water. Feel free to call or email anytime to book a day of great Winter Salmon fishing. Hope to see you soon.
Fishing for Fall Chinook continues to be incredible this year! Starting on Oct 1st we’ve been able to start keeping non hatchery Chinook on most of the Columbia River tributaries. Now that the Sep fish have passed through, the Oct fish are in the waters in huge numbers. Columbia River Fishing guides are in heaven this year catching easy limits for all their clients day after day. There are so many more fish yet to come, and I’m very much looking forward to getting out with you and having some fantastic days of fishing!
As of September 30th 2013 over one million Fall Chinook have passed through Bonneville Dam! Now that the Columbia River has slowed down, we have focused our attention on its tributaries. Fishing for Fall Chinook was absolutely insane on the Columbia River this year, and it is starting to show that the Columbia is not only river that is getting massive runs of Chinook this year. Customer after customer, have had the joy of fighting fish till their arms are dead so far this month! Chrome bright Chinook are in the tributaries of the Columbia in such large numbers that it’s been easy to have 20 to 30 fish days for nearly a month! This year, the date to which we can keep native fish has been bumped up to Oct 1st from Sep 12th from previous years. Being able to catch hatcheries has been quite the challenge so far this month. Weeding through a ton of native fish to get to keep hatchery Chinook has been the norm so far for the month of Sep, but we have been successful in doing so. This is definitely the year to get in on the best Salmon fishing many have ever seen. Things are looking up for future runs of our Fall Chinook on the Columbia River and its tributaries. If you are interested in fishing for these fish, it is strongly advised to book well in advance for next year’s fish. Anytime between Aug 15th through Dec 10th are prime dates for this fishery.