Although it’s a bit late to jump on my schedule for this year, I wanted to provide a quick update on the action we’ve been experiencing this past week on the Lower Columbia River.
Tides slowed down starting Wednesday and with it, the fishing came unhinged. Really insane bites have developed with an absolute pile of Chinook Salmon to be had. Doubles, triples and double digit days have been standard this week with chrome bright Salmon continuing to inhale the fresh herring that I’m fishing. I love early limits, but there’s been several days that the fishing has bee borderline unbelievable. 7:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m., are you kidding me? Yes, truly spectacular Chinook Salmon fishing in Astoria.
So the river below Tongue Point closes Monday, but a nice development will allow us to retain 2 Chinook or 2 Coho, wild or clipped in the ocean. I’ve got a trip Monday and a favorable ocean could make for some pretty gaudy numbers for my annual family fishing trip.
On a side note, over 24,000 Chinook went over Bonneville Dam on Thursday. I’m looking forward to the Klickitat this year and will be heading up there starting next week (September 5). I’ve got a couple days open and a few individual seats if you’d like to jump on board and put the screws to the same fish I’ve been on the last 3 weeks, just a little farther up the river. It’s a 2 fish limit and we’re allowed to keep native and hatchery Chinook.
Grateful, thankful and looking forward to seeing you all soon.