ODFW and WDFW have just announced additional Columbia River Spring Chinook retention dates. May 21st – 23rd will be a short weekend opportunity between Astoria and Bonneville. Then on June 1st, the same stretch of river will open up for an additional 15 days, dovetailing into the Columbia River Summer Chinook Season, which opens on June 16th. We’re always thankful for additional dates that are added during the season. They give us more opportunities to chase fish, which is what we do.
The 2021 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season has officially been set. From March 1st – April 4th, the Columbia River will be open for Spring Chinook fishing from the Buoy 10 line in Astoria upstream to Beacon Rock. With Cowlitz and Lewis River returns projected to be improved, this is the first time in three years that the area below the Warrior Rock will be open to Spring Chinook fishing. We’ll be chasing fresh spring chinook from Astoria all the way up to just below Bonneville Dam. Miles and miles of river with lots of opportunities. Who could ask for more? Catch limits are two adult adipose fin-clipped salmonids per day, only one of which may be a Chinook.
Once the Columbia River closes for Spring Chinook, we’ll turn our focus to fishing on the Willamette River. The Portland area is the place to be for Springer fishing, whether the Columbia River is open or closed. We usually chase salmon through May, and sometimes even into June, on the Willamette.
If you would like to guarantee a little more action in your day, we also offer combination Salmon and Sturgeon trips during the Springer season. The sturgeon are hungry after the winter and can put up some great fights. These trips offer the opportunity to catch salmon on the incoming tide, while keeping you busy battling sturgeon while the tide runs out. Combination trips provide a memorable experience for anglers of all ages and abilities.
Let us know if you have any questions or if you’d like to get a date reserved. I’m looking forward to chasing some Springers!