3 Million Salmon are expected to return to the Columbia River in
Spring Chinook (King salmon) fishing is here and we are expecting
a very good year in this fishery. ODFW predicts 227,000 returning
upriver Spring Chinook, as compared with 123,100 in 2013. There
are also around 60,000 “springers” expected to return to the
Willamette system, giving us a chance at nearly 300,000 as they go
by Astoria. If you haven’t ever eaten Spring Chinook, you don’t
know what you’re missing. These are the very best eating salmon
in the world! Very high in omega 3 oil, firm, bright and delicious! I
saw fresh local Spring Chinook selling for $44/lb last year… wow!
Come fishing and see why these fish are so prized...
The ocean will open up for Salmon fishing in early June. ODFW has
not set the season yet, but it usually opens around the end of the
first week in June. Ive heard rumors that it may start on June 1st
this year. We are expecting a record setting season for ocean
salmon this year with a forecast of 964,100 Coho returning to the
Columbia river this fall. That’s amazingly high, compared to
316,900 returned in 2013. The fall Chinook salmon forecast is even
better! Biologists are predicting 1.6 million fall Chinook salmon to
return to the Columbia river in 2014. This would be the largest
return of Salmon in the Columbia river since counting began at
Buoy 10 (Columbia River fall salmon) fishing opens August 1st.
Best dates are middle of August through labor day, although, many
times everyone leaves after labor day and fishing just continues to
improve. We often have fantastic fishing until mid October in the
river. Combined forecast of Chinook and Coho salmon is 2.5
million fish into the Columbia system this year. This year is shaping
up to be the best salmon fishing in decades.
Bottom fishing is always open and one of the most fun and active
fisheries around. Ling cod, sea bass and a variety of other tasty
fish are available and spring is the best time of year to fish them.
Bottom fishing trips are normally shorter in duration and depend
upon ocean conditions being good. The limit is 7 fish per person
and 2 Ling cod, which do not count toward the 7.
Now, lets go fishing!!
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