January 19, 2018

Columbia River Vernita Fishing Guides

Columbia River Vernita SalmonColumbia River Vernita Salmon Fishing

In mid September our Columbia River Vernita Fishing Guides are targeting fall run Chinook just outside of Mattawa, WA. This section of the Columbia River is a natural spawning area for these Salmon. At the start of the season we focus on covering water by fishing a method called “down hill or down river trolling,” meaning that we troll with the current. This allows us to fish more water in a faster time frame than other methods. This works well when fish are traveling. As the season progresses we switch it up to back trolling egg and plugs, focusing on spawning habitat where these fall Chinook are establishing dominance. The Vernita area is home to the largest population of fall Chinook in the state of Washington and is a producer of large fish, often pushing or exceeding 50 pounds, with an average Chinook in the high teens to low 20s. This is often regarded as a very challenging fishery as water flows change daily and these fall Chinook can be very picky so hire one of our Columbia River Vernita Fishing Guides to take the guess work out of your fishing experience.