Washington Fishing

Washington Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for Washington rivers and ocean.

Summer Fishing on the Columbia River – Happening Now

Summer Steelhead fishing as a family on the Columbia River

Columbia River Steelhead Last Thursday the Columbia River re-opened for Summer Steelhead fishing and we couldn’t be happier. What could be better than watching the sunrise from the river while plunking coonshrimp for steelhead?  We’ve had beautiful weather and nice fishing opportunities every day so far. The Columbia River Steelhead season is only open through […]

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 […]

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, […]

October Salmon

Lewis River Fall Chinook Salmon

Lewis River Salmon October 1st marks the start of the wild chinook salmon season on the Lewis River, located just north of Portland. Fishing on the river has been good the past few weeks, and October is when we really get excited. We can now tag and keep those beautiful wild chinook that we had […]

September Salmon

Chinook Salmon on the Columbia River near Portland, OR.

Tillamook Salmon The non-selective coho ocean season opened up on August 31st on the central Oregon coast. This fishery allows anglers to retain both wild and hatchery salmon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September. During the first 2 days of the season an estimated 5,164 coho were landed, which was more than half of […]

Salmon Rodeo

Columbia River Fall Chinook Salmon

The end of summer often means it’s time to take the family to the fairgrounds for food, games and livestock. But as far as I’m concerned, the best rodeo around doesn’t involve broncs or bulls. It’s all about Fall Salmon in Oregon and Washington. Tillamook Salmon Saturday, August 31st, is opening day for the second […]

November Salmon Closures- A Closer Look

Fishing closures on the Oregon Coast

Anyone who has done a lot of fishing here in the PNW knows that 2018 was not the best fishing. Of course there were some good days of fishing, but catch rates overall were not up to par. I know there’s more to fishing than the catching, but let’s not kid ourselves. I’m not into […]

Summer Fishing- Here’s what is happening!

A nice Astoria sturgeon taken out of the Columbia River with fishing guide, Lance Fisher

It’s a great time of year to be fishing in the Pacific Northwest. It’s nice to see the orange thing in the sky and equally nice to be able to have so many fishing options. Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon are all available now through July. Here’s the 411 on the fishing options: Astoria Sturgeon Fishing […]