Columbia River Salmon Fishing


2021 Columbia River Summer Chinook

The Columbia River opened up for Chinook salmon retention on June 1st, and if the rest of the season continues like the past few days, you won’t hear me complaining one bit. Bright fish fresh from the ocean, some good action, and a long, beautiful stretch of the river to fish. The Chinook pictured above was caught on June 8th, between Longview and Woodland, Washington. This is one of my favorite areas of the river to fish in the summer for several reasons. It’s a quick drive from either Portland or Astoria, and Chinook aren’t the only fish ready to tug on your line. This stretch of the Columbia is a prime area for summer steelhead fishing, and I’ve been known to do some catch and release sturgeon fishing in the area as well. The river below Bonneville is open for Summer Chinook fishing through July 5th. Let us know if you would like to get out on the water.

Columbia River Salmon Fishing is some of the best Salmon fishing in the world. We spend our time fishing from The Dalles to the mouth of the river in the Astoria/Ilwaco area. This 160+ mile stretch of river boasts Spring, Summer, and Fall Salmon runs. Essentially, there are Salmon in this stretch of the Columbia River from March through October.

The year starts with the arrival of the Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon in March. These fish are known as the best eaters of any Salmon in the world. I know this sounds a little like I’m rooting a little too much for the home team, but tests have shown that the fat content in Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon is 7-10 times greater than that of other runs of Salmon. These fish regularly go for $25-$35 per pound in the Portland area. I can’t imagine what they would cost in Chicago. Check out the options below and let me know how I can help you set up your trip.

For any questions you might have, or to simply book a trip, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help in any way we can.