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Columbia River Salmon Fishing

Columbia River Summer Salmon caught near Kalama, WA

UPDATE: 2 Adult Chinook Allowed for Remainder of Spring Season

Today the Joint Compact announced that beginning June 4th, the daily bag limit will change to 2 hatchery Chinook per angler. With Spring Chinook numbers over Bonneville at over 200% of the 5-year average, the Columbia re-opened below Bonneville Dam for Springer retention May 23rd. The Springer season will run through June 15th, when we shift to summer salmon regulations. Lots of water to fish and some nice spring weather can make for the perfect day on the river.

2022 Columbia River Fishing Seasons – Summer and Fall Salmon

ODFW has announced details for the 2022 summer and fall Columbia River salmon seasons. We have a short summer season on the river from June 16th through June 22nd right before the ocean opens for salmon fishing on June 25th. Then the river opens for salmon fishing on August 1st and we’ll be at Buoy 10 awaiting the approximately 1.5 million salmon that will funnel through the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria. After Labor Day, we’ll continue fishing in Astoria and add in trips in the Columbia River Gorge, near the Klickitat River. 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.