WIND RIVER FISHING
Guided Wind River fishing is a great place to fish, surround by the great Cascade Mountain range in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The Wind River is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River and is a tributary of the Columbia River. The Wind River get an annual return of Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon and steelhead.
Wind River Fishing is a great place to target Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon, during the months of April and May. This seems to be the best time to for Spring Chinook Salmon because there should be good numbers of Spring Chinook Salmon at the mouth of the Wind River and salmon fishing closure on the lower Columbia River.
When doing guided Wind River fishing trips for Spring Chinook Salmon, it is done from my 25′ Willie Raptor at the mouth of the Wind River, using different salmon fishing techniques; trolling various baits and lures. When I am doing Wind River guided fishing trips, I am making sure I am watching the Wind River boundary line. The boundary extends into the Columbia River giving anglers a chance at other Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon, not just the Wind River run of Spring Chinook. You must be careful because the wind an current has a tendency to pull you out and beyond the fishing boundary.
Wind River guided fishing trips for Steelhead is done at the mouth of the Wind River as well during the Columbia River Summer Steelhead run. The Wind River has a similar effect as Drano Lake; spilling cool snow melt water in the Columbia River giving Steelhead and Salmon a place to cool off and rest. Steelhead fishing can be great at the mouth of the Wind River, I just don’t target these fish during this time of the year because I am Salmon Fishing elsewhere.
Wind River Salmon Fishing is another go to fishery for Salmon and Steelhead, within an hour drive from PDX and seems to be a popular destination for those on the “East Side”.