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Willamette River early spring Chinook

Spring Chinook

Spring Chinook

Willamette River early spring Chinook

It’s never too early to talk about spring Chinook, and that’s what this segment covers. We are looking at early prospects for springers in the Willamette River.

The Willamette River run of spring Chinook is starting to show, although only a few fish are being landed each day. That number should climb in the weeks ahead. The Willamette run is one of the earliest spring Chinook runs to return, and that early return could be speeded up by the low water. Water temperatures are in good shape, too, so fishing should continue to improve.

A few crafty guys are already on it, and they won’t be denied. Put a bunch of fishermen in the boat, and troll all that gear through the lower river, and you can hook these early fish. There is an opportunity there, and it will only get better.

One thing the early fishermen know: the largest spring Chinook of the year tend to come in first. So, even though the numbers are still low, there are some real pigs to be caught.

Fish the tides for the best ops

With the river moving low and slow, the tides will be more important than ever this year. Take them into consideration when you plan your day on the water and you’ll intercept more salmon. Looking ahead, there are some excellent tides later in the month, and the forecast calls for some rain, too. Conditions could improve quickly.

Don’t hesitate too long, for this this fishery could go fast. Temps could rise quickly, and the bulk of the fish could move right through. It could be over before you know it.

I still have a few spots left for winter steelhead and for spring Chinook. Come join me in my 25 foot Raptor, or my Willy drift boat. We’ll fish with G- Loomis rods, Shimano reels, and have a great day of it. It’s a good time to be fishing, and it will get better, so book a trip soon.