COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING GUIDE & CHARTER
The Columbia River is named for Captain Robert Gray’s ship the Columbia Rediviva. It is the fourth largest river in the US, flowing over 1,200 miles. The Columbia drains more than 259,100 square miles, portions of seven states and also British Columbia. These states are Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, and also Utah. The Columbia River is also a transportation route, a source for drinking water, irrigation, and fishing. The Columbia River’s major tributaries include: the Klickitat, Deschutes, White Salmon & Little White Salmon (Drano Lake), Wind, Sandy, Willamette, Lewis, Cowlitz, and also the Snake River.
Guided Columbia River Salmon Fishing Trips…
Columbia River Fall Chinook Salmon are the most sought after and biggest attraction for Columbia River Fishing. Being the largest Salmon, Chinook Salmon can weigh up to 50 pounds. The largest Chinook salmon my boat has landed to date is 32 pounds. Chinook are fish eaters, they feed on herring, anchovies and other feeder fish in the ocean. So when fishing for salmon at in the ocean, Astoria / Buoy 10 fresh bait seems to shine over lures. Two other popular runs of Chinook on the Columbia is the Spring and Summer Chinook. Some people believe the spring Chinook is the best tasting salmon, due to the high fat content.
The Columbia River provides passage to summer Steelhead and also winter Steelhead. Steelhead live in the ocean, but are able to make several trips in their lifetime to spawn in their home waters. Columbia River summer Steelhead fishing usually during June and July, but can be found in the Columbia River system nearly year around.