Columbia River fishing report for Jan 23rd 2014

Fishing for Chinook ended with a bang in 2013! Catching the Winter Chinook in good numbers until late December made for an easy transition period from salmon to steelhead this year. Hatchery run Winter Steelhead were also available in good numbers through the first week of Jan this year, which has been better than the past couple of years on that specie. Now are focus is shifting towards the exciting fishery of native winter steelhead, kokanee, (land locked sockeye) and the almighty Spring Chinook. The Native steelhead will be around in good numbers by the second week of Feb, and will be fantastic until the middle of Mar. The native steelheads are not open for retention, but I can tell you that these fish are one of the most exciting fish there is to catch and are quite majestic. If table fare is what you desire than I would suggest getting out on a Lake Merwin Kokanee adventure. These fish are one of the tastiest out there, and the limit on them is 10 fish per person. We will be fishing for Winter Steelhead and Kokanee till the middle of March so call soon if any of those fisheries interest you. After that it will be onto the prized Spring Chinook, which have been forecasted at 308,000 fish to enter the Columbia River this year. Good river conditions this year should make catching the Spring Chinook much easier than the past few high water years we have had. The season is set to close on April 7th this year for the Spring Chinook. I still have a few prime dates left, so if your wanting to go don’t wait they won’t last too long. Looking forward to fishing with you!