January 18, 2022

Clearwater River Chinook / Coho Report

Clearwater River –
2021 will be the third season on the Clearwater where we will be able to harvest fall Chinook. There will be a few changes to the season this year:Limit will be 3 adults (clipped/hatchery or unclipped/wild) up from only being able to harvest 1 unclipped/wildFishing will occur 7 days a week instead of 4 daysWe expect to see a run similar to last year. Prime time will be Sept. 26th to Oct. 14th

Clearwater River Coho –
Last year anglers that fished with us Sept. – Nov. know that the lower Clearwater was chocked full of Coho jacks. We often saw all rods loaded with these jacks on every drift. Based on this huge jack run we expect to see our largest Coho adult return ever. Counts over Bonneville Dam are backing our expectations. IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater River Coho return to be 14,000 fish, nearly double last year’s return of 7,797.
The limit for Coho:2 adults clipped or unclippedUnlimited jacksBoth of these fisheries will provide some great fishing in early October. We are taking bookings now for combo Chinook and Coho trips. Hooking into some HOT steelhead during this trip occurs frequently too!



Here are some pictures from last year:


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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishing Report

Hanford Reach –
This fishery is based out of Tri-Cities, WA on the famous Hanford Reach National Monument section of the Columbia River. Being one of the most popular fall Chinook fisheries, it provides a wide array of techniques that produce great results. The Hanford Reach is one of the last “free-flowing” sections of the Columbia River. The Reach provides a very scenic atmosphere where our guests enjoy to fish.

We still have select dates and seats available. Run counts are looking very good and are right in line with forecast models. Limit will be 2 adults, 3 jacks this year.

Here are some pictures from last season:


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Lower Columbia Chinook Fishing Report

Our Buoy 10 fall chinook season is in full swing and we are having some great days fishing on the big river. The chinook have started pouring into the lower section of the river. With a forecast of over 350,000 Upriver Bright’s we expect all of our fisheries to produce some good results. If you missed out on getting a seat reserved at Buoy 10, we still have some options for you:

John Day Dam / Rufus Area – This fishery takes place near the mouth of the Deschutes River. Here the fish are still in great shape and fishing can be lights out. The Deschutes provides a cooling off area for traveling salmon that allows them to be targeted in concentrated numbers. This fishery will be offered beginning  Sept 1st.

Hanford Reach – Our second most popular fall chinook fishery still has a few openings. We fish the lower end of the reach based out of Ringold Springs. This fishery tends to fill up fast once counts over Bonneville start to climb, so don’t wait too long to reserve your seats. To learn more about the Hanford Reach and what it offers Click Here. We expect to see a 2 fish limit this season.
*Bookings have increased significantly during the COVID pandemic, don’t wait to make last minute bookings as we can no longer guarantee open seats without advanced notice* 

Here are a few pictures from that past couple days at Buoy 10:

Hanford Reach Fishing

Great first day on the Columbia River along the Hanford Reach. All four fish cut awesome, including this one fillet still with sea scales. We have prime dates available from now till early October.

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Astoria Oregon Fishing Report

Fall chinook fishing has been good at our Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia River. We will be moving upriver to the mouth of the Deschutes River the first week of September. We are currently looking to fill September 1, 2 and 5. A lot of big fish this year!

We are also filling fast for out Hanford Reach fishery. Get in touch with us to get in on this very popular trip. Mid-sept to early Oct.

Fall Chinook Fishing Opportunities

Columbia River Fall Chinook

Buoy 10 / Astoria – With a shortened season, seats for this fishery won’t last long. We are running on a very limited availability this year so be sure to get your trip booked before it is too late. This is one of the most popular Northwest salmon fisheries, where we intercept chrome-bright Chinook and Coho. We also offer a crabbing add-on to your trip.

Visit our Buoy 10 web-page for more info.

Hanford Reach –We will have boats operating the Columbia River along the famous Hanford Reach beginning Mid-September and will operate through the first week of October. With the lower Columbia operating on a shortened season we expect a better-than-average survival of Up River Brights to make it back to the Reach.

Visit our Hanford Reach web-page for more info.

NEW FALL CHINOOK SEASON ON THE CLEARWATER

For the second year ever, we will be allowed to target fall Chinook in the Clearwater River basin. Last year we had a blast catching these fish. Our guides use light-gear, mostly side drifting bait in the slower, deep pools. It was not uncommon for our boats last year to hook 20+ fish a day, with a good share of the fish weighing in the high-teens and into the 20+ pound range. With a better run expected this year we expect the same, if not better fishing.

Limit is 3 salmon a day, one being adipose “in-tact”, two being adipose “clipped”

Open Thur-Sun. We will begin fishing around Sept. 10th and continue into October.

Hanford Reach Chinook Fishing Report

Check out our pictures from yesterday’s King Salmon trip for the next month we will be positioned at the Hanford Reach near Pasco WA catching these beautiful fish.  If we happen to limit early we can mix in some Walleye or catch and release Sturgeon

Astoria Oregon Fishing Report

We still have prime dates available for Chinook / Coho / Crab fishing on the Columbia River out of Astoria Oregon. Today Toby’s boat landed 12 Chinook and 4 Coho. Now till Sept 10th will be prime fishing. Chinook retention is open until August 20th. Aug 20th to Sept 10th is Coho only.

Here are our open dates:
August – 15, 16, 18, 20, 22-31
September – 2-10