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.
Columbia River: as a reminder that this fishery is only open above Bonnevile. Huge numbers have moved up this system , but will it last? The wind River and Drano have improved with limits or near limits per boat. Trolling super baits is so effective that this technique has been discovered this year. Fishing above the Dalles and John Day has improved if you are sitting in the right line on anchor or trolling. The key is to mix it up if you are not getting bit.
Kalama River: not many fish being caught in the lower River compared to up higher in the system. Float and eggs is very effective. Remember with all these warmer days coming catches rates will be early morning or late in the evening…
Cowlitz River: water levels are lower than normal, however there are descent numbers being caught below I-5 to castle rock. Also good numbers are being caught at Barrier dam area. This past week Tacoma power tricked good numbers of Springers up to Cowlitz falls park and catch rates have increased.
Chehalis Sytem: fishing for Spring Chinook has been slow.