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Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

Columbia River Sturgeon Opener- Reality Check

A nice sturgeon being reeled in with a fellow fisherman taking a photo.

Apparently, now we’re talking about perhaps a Columbia River keeper sturgeon season. It’s been in the rumor mill now for a while. Good lord, here we go. It’s been shut down for a while to retention. It’s been like five years. We’ve got some keepers around so let’s go kill us some keepers. There’s some […]

Mid-Season Spring Chinook Report

A nice limit of Columbia River Spring Chinook

So the theme of this year is HIGH WATER! I think that would be an understatement, but personally, outside of having to reschedule a few trips for our clients fishing with us out of our Portland locations, I like the high water. And there are a number of reasons why. The fishing has been good. […]

Sea Lions Wrecking Havoc- Possible Relief in Sight

Willamette River Sea Lion

The whole sea lion thing is getting old. It’s been 10 years of things getting progressively worse. There’s been a lot going on over the last week on the sea lion front and being on the water a lot this time of year, puts me face to face with a nuisance that seems a long […]

Conditions Improve and Magically, So Does the Salmon Fishing

Graph of Willamette River Turbidity

I’ve never been a big fan of late March Salmon fishing on the Columbia and 2017 has brought us an example as to why I feel this way. Early season Salmon fishing at it’s best is inconsistent. This year, with huge snow packs and turbid conditions, fishing got off to an understandably slow start. What’s […]

Bi-State Columbia River Saga Continues

The ODFW Commission met Friday to disuss among other things, Columbia River gillnets. Oh. My. Gosh. What a frigging marathon of a meeting. It was hours and hours and hours. It was brutal. I watched it live on Periscope. I was like, “Are these folks ever going to be done?” It was one piece of testimony […]

582,000 Columbia River Fall Chinook Estimated for 2017

columbia river salmon caught by a client of guide, lance fisher

Fishery managers are looking at returns of between 582,600 Fall Chinook for the Columbia River in 2017. Official numbers will be announced later today. The breakdown on the 582,600 fish is as follows: Upriver Bright component or SRW- 260,000 Bonneville Pool or BPA- 158,000 Hatchery Tule or LRH- 92,400 Wild Tule or LRW- 12,500 Bonneville Upriver Bright […]

2017 Fishing Schedule- Oregon, Columbia River and Washington

I’m looking forward to another great year fishing. Many of you have fished with me long enough to be good friends and I’m thankful for the continued support and fun over the years. We’ve expanded our fishing offerings this year to be able to give our customers the best fishing in two states. While I […]

Columbia River Salmon Continue Downward Slide for 2017

A beautiful Salmon caught with guide, lance fisher

A little bird showed up and happened to whisper some pre-season forecasts for some of our upcoming Columbia River fishing Seasons. In 2017, Columbia River Spring Chinook continue a decline with 160,400 upriver bound fish projected to arrive at the mouth near Astoria. I wasn’t able to find the fact sheet that gave final results […]

Columbia River- So many fish, not enough time

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, it has been a busy charter/guide season on the Columbia River to say the least. Can you believe we catch all these fish within ear shot of our Portland location? It’s hard to believe sometimes, so I’ll consider myself grateful. When I left Astoria I was’t […]

5 Rules for Guiding- the 2016 Buoy 10 Salmon Season

A nice Chinook caught at Buoy 10.

By popular demand, I started my Astoria guided fishing charters the first week of August this year. Last year’s early season beat down had all of us pretty optimistic for the first week of August despite totally different conditions. I personally didn’t think we’d see anything like what we saw in 2015 and I don’t mean to […]