Columbia river: water levels are high with a occasional catch and release sturgeon….
This time of the year reminds me of what I am truly thankful for, Family Friends and Big Kings. That is what happened this week on the West Coast….
More wild weather has hit the west coast with river levels climbing and dropping all week. At times I thought I was on a roller coaster with extreme water fluctuations throughout WA State….
This past week has been a wet and wild Pacific Northwest. There has been a ton of rain and the wind has blown the leaves in the rivers which makes for tough conditions for fishing especially when you are having to cleaned off leaves and debris on every cast….
Large numbers of spring chinook are entering the Columbia and the Willamette… Will the catch rates sustain with all the above normal weather headed our way?
Willamette River: catches rates have definitely improved but the fishing is still spotty in many areas below the falls. Many people ask where are the 69,000 spring chinook at? That is what the forecast is for the Willy. We managed to find several this past week in the channel but never saw very many caught. The method of choice, trolling down River with herring cured in Zilla bait….
Willamette River: the lower wildly is effected not only by the tides but also the raising and lowering of the Columbia at Bonnevile, the water has been high but Bonnevile lowered the water and it has definitely caused fish to move up the Willy. Catches rates have increased on the channel and should only get better….
With all of this early spring weather we have gotten here in the NW there has definitely been a huge spike in water temps, make sure you adjust to warmer conditions.
The opening day of trout season opens on Saturday the 23, try and get your kids on for a good time. Looks like good weather will be upon us….
Willamette River: fishing in the port has been good in the deep water, the channel has been fishing better from Fred’s to St Helens. Trolling herring down river cured in Zilla Bait has been the ticket….
This time of the year it is transition time from steelhead fishing to springer fishing. A few rivers you will still be able to get a combination of both….
Columbia River: water conditions above the mouth of Lewis River are very good with 3-4ft visibility. The catch rates for Springers has increased dramatically fro Cathlamet to Vancouver. This time of year I like to focus my attention on this system around Vancouver to mouth of Lewis. This part of the River has tons of holding water or otherwise known as staging water. Method of choice: trolling Herring cured in Zilla Bait. I like cut plug to whole herring down trolled down River. The key is to work your rods up and down, always maintains bottom contact….