Big Fall Chinook returns are in store for the upcoming year on the Columbia River.
On the heals of the recent Columbia River Coho predictions, yesterdays release of expected 2014 Fall Chinook returns will have fishermen throughout the region excited about what’s to come. We’ve seen some nice returns since the early 2000’s, but we’ve never seen anything like this!
This years fishing will begin along the Washington Coast in July and should provide places like Westport with some much needed quality fishing. Fish will begin staging along Long Beach shortly thereafter where the fleet from Astoria and Ilwaco will get some good ocean opportunities. Have I mentioned that catching 25 pounders in the salt is fun! Fall Chinook will begin entering the Columbia River in early August and should provide great fishing opportunities for fishermen from Buoy 10 in Astoria all the way to Bonneville Dam well into October. From there fishermen from Cascade Locks to Tri-Cities should enjoy some absolutely spectacular opportunities to load up the chest freezers.
I’m certainly excited about the possibilities and look forward to fishing with many of you during what will be an incredible 2014.
If you’re looking to get on the books for this years Spring Chinook season or are planning ahead to fall and would like to fish the Buoy 10 area, feel free to call 503.680.6809 or email me.
Thanks and tight lines,