Columbia River fisheries managers met again today and decided to lift the remaining restrictions on Columbia River sport fishermen. This years run has continued to beat all expectations and like previous meetings, fisheries managers again upgraded the run. With some 800,000 Fall Chinook past Bonneville Dam, there is consensus between Oregon and Washington’s Departments that the Columbia River will see about 1.2 million Salmon return.
These numbers are the largest since the record books started and it could be the run of many peoples lifetime. In what’s been a remarkable season, I’m just grateful to be running fishing trips for folks during such a special time.
We’ve now fished several weeks in Astoria, a week in Longview and several weeks in the area around the White Salmon, Klickitat and Deschutes River and let me just put it this way- It’s a great time to be a fishing guide!
In the last 3 trips we’ve harvested 30 adult Chinooks and 10 jacks. Fishing couldn’t be better and I’d contend that 90% of Alaska wishes they had these runs that we’re having right now on the Columbia River. It’s a great time to be fishing and I’d encourage you to get out if you have the chance.
Thanks and tight lines,