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2024 Columbia River Salmon Fishing Forecast – Spring and Summer

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

In the first of many forecasts to come over the next couple months, the 2024 Columbia River salmon fishing preseason forecast for Spring and Summer have been released by ODFW. The preliminary numbers for the 2024 run are similar to 2023 actual returns, with the Spring Chinook numbers just over 200,000 and Summer Sockeye numbers increased to over 400,000! Add in Summer Chinook and we are looking at over half a million Spring and Summer salmon heading up the Columbia River.

Columbia River Spring Chinook

Fishing for Spring Chinook starts to heat up in the Portland area the last week of March and the lower river is slated to remain open for chinook retention through Friday, April 9th. Of course we will move right into the Willamette, Lewis, and Cowlitz Rivers once the Columbia is closed for retention, and keep on fishing for springers.

Columbia River Summer Salmon

Summer Salmon retention on the Columbia River usually has a short season that occurs in June/July. With the increased number of fish in the forecast, I’m hoping we’ll end up with a longer summer season. We launch on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the river, depending on which provides the best fishing opportunity. The summer months can also offer some fun combination trips, when steelhead retention overlaps salmon retention. If you want to wrangle some big fish, catch and release sturgeon fishing can be added into your trip, when conditions allow, providing an action-packed day with the opportunity to keep your salmon catch.

I’ll update this post as seasons are set. It looks like we’re going to have some nice salmon fishing opportunities for the 2024 Columbia River Salmon Season.

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