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Columbia River Salmon Fishing

Columbia River Summer Salmon caught near Kalama, WA

UPDATE: 2022 Columbia River Fishing Forecast – Spring and Summer Salmon

Fishery managers for the Columbia River have announced the preliminary forecasts for the upcoming 2022 spring and summer seasons. Last year’s Columbia River Spring Chinook return was just over 150,000 fish and the 2022 forecast has us expecting almost 200,000 fish! You know what that means…more fish for us to chase on the Columbia and its tributaries, like the Willamette, this coming spring. Summer Sockeye numbers are forecasted to increase this year as well, which can make for some memorable combination trips during June and July. Feel free to check out all of the details on the ODFW page. I’m already looking forward to getting out on the water to chase some Spring Chinook in a few months!

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.