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Columbia River Salmon Fishing

Columbia River Summer Salmon caught near Kalama, WA

UPDATE: Columbia River Coho Fishing

Effective Friday, October 7th, the Columbia River closed for fall Chinook salmon retention. There are still fishing opportunities as we can retain hatchery Coho salmon on the entire river. Check out the details below and let us know if you would like to get out on the water. 

Buoy 10 Salmon

  • Hatchery Coho Salmon
  • 3 fish daily bag limit
  • Dungeness Crab
  • From Buoy 10 marker to the Tongue Point line

Portland Area Fall Salmon

  • Hatchery Coho Salmon
  • 2 fish daily bag limit
  • From. Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam

Columbia River Gorge Salmon 

  • Hatchery Coho Salmon
  • 2 fish daily bag limit
  • Above Bonneville Dam

Whether it’s Chinook or Coho that you find tugging on the end of your line, you’re sure to be in for a memorable experience fishing for fall salmon on the Columbia River.

Limits of Chinook on the Columbia River

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.