Columbia River fishing report for March 19th, 2014

Fishing for Spring Chinook is starting to pick up on the Columbia River finally! Lately we have been fishing for sturgeon on the Columbia River, and kokanee (land locked sockeye) on Merwin Lake with great success! Sturgeon fishing is catch and release only as of now, but it sure has been fun catching keeper size and a few oversized sturgeon by the dozens. Sturgeon fishing will remain fantastic for the rest of the year no doubt. At Merwin Lake the kokanee have been biting very well with averages of 30 to 50 fish per trip. The Kokanee are one of the tastiest fish that we have here in the PNW. Although not very large, a limit of ten per person adds up quickly. This is a great fishery to get your children or grandchildren hooked on fishing due to the high catch rates. The Spring Chinook are starting to show up slowly but when they start coming, they come in large groups. I still have some a few prime days left on my calendar to get out and catch one of these world renowned fish. If you don’t get the chance to get out on the Columbia River before the 7th of April, fear not, the Willamette River will be pumping them out in great numbers all through the month and into May. When the Bonneville dam counts start to rapidly climb around the beginning of May, we will start fishing the Wind River and Drano Lake in the Columbia River Gorge. I am very excited for the long upcoming season of Spring Chinook fishing! It is going to be a stellar year for catching them! As of now I still have March 28th and 29th as well as April 2nd open. These are awesome dates to fish, so get them while you can. I’m looking forward to fishing with all of you!