Columbia River Spring Chinook are probably the most prized of all Spring Chinook. Columbia River Springers have a fat content (good fat!) that is as much as nine times that of their Fall Chinook relatives. Single fish might fetch as much as $600 during some seasons, so as you can imagine, there’s quite a bit of interest on the sportfishing front.
Columbia River Spring Chinook fishing is highly regulated and often times we’ll only get a few weeks of fishing in a given year. Granted, it’s darn good fishing, but way too short for the number of clients that are trying to get out for them.
When the Columbia is done all the fishing moves into the tributaries, which isn’t entirely a bad thing in that the fishing there can be just as good. The Cowlitz River and Lewis River on the Washington side offers clients good Springer opportunities. The Willamette River and Clackamas River offer us options on the Oregon side. The thing to remember is we have Spring Chinook clear through May, but call as early as you can to insure you get the dates you’re after.
I run day trips and evening half day trips for my clients. Let me know how I can help, this is definitely one of the regions favorite seasons.
For any questions you might have, or to simply book a trip, email me, or call (503) 680-6809.