Columbia River fishing report for 5/5/2015

Spring Chinook fishing has been steadily good fishing all the way through April and now into May! What a great Springer season it has been! We will still be catching springers regularly in the tributaries of the Columbia River until the last week of May. Then it will be time to switch gears to Summer Chinook beginning in June. This fishery is my favorite, and one of the most productive times of the year to catch the best eating fish the Columbia River provides. The Summer Chinook season has been set to start on May 15th and continue through June 30th! On June 16th, we will be able to retain sockeye salmon as well. There is no other place you can catch great numbers of Summer Chinook, Summer Steelhead, and Sockeye all in the same day! Summer Steel heading will start in late June and continue clear until the beginning of August. This is another fishery where high number of catch rates is common, and steelheads are quite the feisty little critters. These fish usually average about 8 pounds, but they commonly make big runs while jumping and flipping through the air! I am so excited for this fishing season! This year will be one to remember without a doubt. Don’t forget to book early for the Fall Chinook season as well; it’s projected to be another near record breaking run on the Columbia River and its tributaries! I still have great dates left for this season, call soon for the best dates.