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This past week we have seen major changes in our Spring Chinook fishery. With warmer water temps and slowing down the flows Fish, have started to move to there tributaries!
Willamette River: There has been major changes in this system. The fishing days have been changed from Thursday-Saturday, and the limit is 1 fish limit. The reason is this is the worst return on record for this time of year. However that does not mean that the fish are. Not coming back as we saw this past Thursday- Sunday as great numbers were caught from bottom of the channel to the falls. Trolling herring in the bottom of the channel cure in Zilla was the ticket and at the falls the hot bite was Cured roe back trolled with a 50 ft jet diver was very effective!
Columbia River: this system is open above Bonnevile but the main stem will close. Wild and Drano is open the catch rates have soared over the weekend. When u fish these fisheries you have to bring the kitchen sink cause you never know what they want. The basic methods are prawn spinners on a 4-5 ft leader with a fish flash, or a Herring on a 5-6 ft leader with a fish flash. There is always the plug bite flat lined behind the boat that works well. Also don’t forget the pro troll with a Brads cut plug packed full of tuna, sardines, herring etc.
Lewis River: slow and also let me remind u that it is closed to spring chinook fishing.
Kalama River: the catch rates have increased to about 1 fish a boat but I do expect this to change this next week as more Springers pour into this little system. Float and bait has been effective as well as back trolling plugs.
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Cowlitz River: this system is fishing from bottom end to the top with a catch rate of 2.5 fish a boat for Springers. There are a few Steelhead still being caught as well. Scanawa has started to fish as well but that fishery depends on how many fish are being dumped in the lake. Trolling herring has been the ticket for Scanawa .
Remember that we also have a good number of saltwater areas opening up for Shrimp, Hailibut, lings. But as always make sure you check the laws and regulations for what is open.
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