Portland Fishing

October Salmon Fishing – Let’s Go!

Happy lady with her Chinook salmon in Tillamook Bay

UPDATE: HATCHERY COHO RETENTION LEWIS RIVER EXTENDED! We’re halfway through October and the Pacific Northwest continues to provide multiple opportunities for Fall Salmon fishing. We’ve been fishing on the Northern Oregon Coast, in the Portland area on the Lewis, and in the Columbia River Gorge, but the Columbia is winding down for the year. While […]

Portland Keeper Sturgeon Dates Announced!

Happy lady with her Willamette River Sturgeon

Wow! Something that hasn’t happened in the Portland area since October of 2013! We have been given a keeper sturgeon season on the Willamette River. ODFW is allowing sturgeon retention on 2 Saturdays, June 20th and June 27th. Fishery managers have decided to do a test run for a summer retention season. With everything that’s […]

Portland Area Columbia River Fishing

Beautiful Columbia River Steelhead

Memorial Day is known for kicking off the summer fishing season in the Pacific Northwest, and this year was no different. Actually, this year it’s a little more exciting as things are opening back up and we’re looking forward to being back to more of our full routine. Fishing on the Columbia River did not […]

Columbia River Spring Chinook Update

Spring Chinook caught on the Columbia River.

ODFW has just announced another 4 day extension for Spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia River. The extra dates are this coming weekend, May 15th-17th, and next Wednesday, May 20th. Having both the Columbia River and Willamette River open for Springers gives us more fishing opportunities to choose from. Today we had some fun upriver, […]

2020 Columbia River Buoy 10 Season Announced *Update*

four people with their limit on salmon on the dock at buoy 10

2020 Buoy 10 Salmon Season The 2020 Buoy 10 Salmon season has been set! The full text of the joint decision by ODFW and WDFW is online, but here’s the season in a nutshell… Fishing on the Columbia River in Astoria opens up on August 14th this year. We can fish for both Chinook Salmon […]

Lewis River Winter Steelhead

Chrome winter steelhead on the Lewis River

Spring may be right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that we’re done fishing for winter steelhead in Oregon and SW Washington. The Lewis River is only about 30 minutes out of Portland, making it a great option for anyone in the Portland Metro area. And if you are thinking about coming in from […]

2020 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

Beautiful Spring Chinook Salmon caught on the Columbia River

Columbia River Spring Salmon The 2020 Columbia River Spring Chinook Season has been set. From March 1st – 31st, the Columbia River will be open for Spring Chinook fishing from Warrior Rock upstream to Beacon Rock. This gives us fishing opportunities for a nice stretch of river from just above the Cowlitz River to just […]

Thanksgiving Brings Salmon and Sturgeon

4 anglers holding up 2 salmon each on the Lewis RIver

November started out with some beautiful, sunny days for fishing in Oregon and SW Washington. It looks like we have a chance at some rain this week, but fall weather forecasts frequently change in our area, and I’m not holding my breath for significant rainfall. I would love to get the drift boat out, and […]

Fall Salmon Opportunities Jam On

Happy angler with a chrome chinook salmon in Tillamook

Tillamook Salmon With 2 bays and 5 rivers to choose from, Tillamook County continues to provide opportunities for fall salmon fishing. Current bag limits are 2 adult salmon, only 1 of which may be a wild Chinook. Hatchery Chinook and Coho may also be retained, although at this time of year, the Coho have moved […]

Columbia River- Salmon and Sturgeon Openers

happy man holding a columbia river sturgeon

Columbia Keeper Sturgeon ODFW and WDFW ‘s announcement today added 2 days for Sturgeon retention on the Columbia River, from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River. The open dates are Saturday, October 19th, and Thursday, October 24th. Keeper size is 44-50 inches from nose to the fork in the tail, […]