Columbia River fishing report for July 1st 2013

By July 19, 2013Fishing Reports

Fishing on the Columbia River for Summer Chinook was fantastic this year! Averaging four to six keeper salmon a day was the norm for nearly two weeks! Although there were quite a few native fish caught that had to be released per day, it still made for some great high action packed days of catching the “June hogs” as they are locally called. These fish ranged anywhere from 8 to 30 pounds and a few of the natives we released were pushing 35 pounds! All the while fishing for Summer Kings, we also targeted the Sockeye Salmon, and Summer Steelhead that were passing through as well. Every day we managed to get a couple sockeye and a couple steelheads only targeting them with one rod. The spotlight was definitely on the summer kings though as they were travelling under the boat in a constant fashion. Surprisingly the Summer Steelhead fishing is starting to get really good for how early it is. Generally things don’t really get good till the second week of July, but we are already having double digit days to the boat. Unfortunately half these fish are natives and have to be released, but the native to hatchery ratio should improve as the month continues. I still have the last week in July open and a good chunk of August, and fishing for steelhead should remain strong. We will also start to get a few Fall Chinook in the mix as well as we head into August. This year’s Fall Chinook run is supposed to be a record breaker, so don’t miss out on some absolutely awesome fishing for the famous “Fall Kings”. Call or email to book a trip today.