Columbia River fishing report for June 3rd 2014.

Fishing for Spring Chinook ended with a bang this month! WDFW gave us all through the month of April to fish for the chinook and what a great time it has been! For the last 5 years boats have not been allowed to fish all the way to Bonneville Dam until this year. I will just say I sure hope they let us fish there again next year cause it was fantastic fishing! Now the summer fishing season has begun and I can honestly say the month of June and July are my favorite time of the year. Summer Chinook have started to show in good numbers in the first week of June, and there are a whole lot more to come! You can’t beat the quality and size of salmon the month of June provides! The locally named “June hogs” average 20lbs and can get up to 45lbs+. These fish have a very long journey, which makes them loaded with healthy omega 3 fatty acids which are the reason they also taste so good. Also in the month of June, and especially July, the Summer Steelhead are also making their way through the Columbia River. The same goes for the Summer Steelhead; they have a very long journey to their spawning grounds which also makes these fish very oily and delicious. One more fish to not forget is the Columbia River Sockeye. The season opens for the Sockeye on June 16th, and with high forecast numbers it should be really good fishing for a couple of weeks. Make this summer one to remember, come out and catch a lot of fish and have a great time on the Columbia River and its tributaries. There are still some fantastic dates left on my calendar for catching high numbers of salmon or steelhead. Don’t miss out on this year’s upcoming summer fishing it is going to be one for the record books! I am looking forward to hearing from you and fishing with you in the very near future!