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Willamette River Spring Salmon: Half-day fishing trips

A nice angle of a young man and Willamette River Spring Chinook

One of the great attractions to our Willamette River Spring Salmon fishing  is the close proximity to the places where many of us live and work. It’s this convenience that allows me to offer half-day evening trips for the upcoming month of Spring Salmon fishing on the Willy. The afternoon looks something like this- Grab […]

April rains equal great fishing for Willamette River Spring Salmon in May

A group of people with a bunch of Salmon caught on the Willamette River with guide, Lance Fisher

This past week heavy rains made the Spring Chinook fishing interesting on the Willamette River. The fishing was getting interesting and I was getting the temperature of the eggs dialed in and bamo. At one point on Wednesday morning it felt like we got 5 inches in 5 minutes. It was an amazing deluge and […]

Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing off to a good start

A beautiful Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon and the girl that caught it

Early Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing is generally hit and miss. Too much water, too little water or worse yet, no fish period. I typically steelhead fish the last couple weeks of March as the steelhead fishing is generally good and early Springer fishing is, well, hit and miss. This past week while I […]

Lower Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon could stay open until April 7


Friend and NW Outdoor contributor Allen Thomas of the Vancouver Columbian has a nice write up on what we can expect from the upcoming season. Low water flows could make for excellent fishing for the 220,000 Springers that are anticipated to return. I will not start until the last week of March which means that […]

Willamette River Spring Chinook Forecast- Little Bird Report

willamette river spring chinook

Here’s the inside scoop on the 2014 Willamette River Spring Chinook run With the media work I do I’m always mining  for the latest in fish and wildlife news. Some of the info I get from news releases, but the best information usually comes from a network of little birds that I’ve been fortunate enough […]

A New Life for Willamette River Springers

Not exactly a banner year for Willamette River Springers, but the perfect antidote for bad fishing is often supplied by mother nature. The cool temperatures that we’ve experienced in the PNW for the last couple weeks have cooled water tempertures to the point where the fishery is back and could I say- better than ever? […]

Tillamook Bay Spring Chinook

It’s that time again and am excited to get on some of these coastal bruisers.  I did a post today with pictures over at FISHWIRE.net on the most recent fishing that you might want to check out. Tillamook Bay Spring Chinook fishing is just getting going and after a lackluster Spring Chinook season on the […]

Fish moving up!

After several days of herring fishing, the reports of fish moving up the river have gotten good enough to venture up there.  It’s a different fishery altogether from what we were doing in downtown Portland, but different is good sometimes, especially when it means more fish! When you start fishing the West Linn/ Oregon City […]

Willamette Springers Roll On

It’s a very busy time of year and I struggle to blog all the time.  Between my trips, bait, errands, phone calls, emails, being a husband, daddy etc.  I get behind at times with the updates. Fishing has been very decent the last several days since moving into the Willamette from the Columbia. Have I […]