May 20, 2022

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:

Fall Chinook, Steelhead fishing report

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR FALL & WINTER FISHERIES

Columbia River Fall Chinook –
At the time of this writing, Bonneville Dam fall Chinook counts are 13,405 fish over the 10-year average. With these excellent counts we expect our Hanford Reach fishery to produce some great fishing. Currently set at a 2 adult fish limit.

Clearwater River Steelhead –
For the first time in many years we have good news in regards to our very popular Clearwater River Steelhead run. Based on Bonneville PIT tags, IDFG has forecasted the Clearwater return to be somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 hatchery origin fish. We have not seen these numbers since 2016. We are very excited to finally have good news to share about this great river. If forecasted numbers hold true, we will see no restrictions put into place this season.

Clearwater River catch & keep opens October 15th.

Snake River Steelhead –
Along with the good news for the Clearwater, we also have some good news for the Snake River fishery. Both IDFG and WDFW have set the Snake River steelhead limits at 2 fish, any size. Another positive is that the fish destined for the Snake Basin (Snake, Salmon, Grande Ronde, Imnaha) have primarily been larger 2-ocean fish (normally we see 80% 1-ocean and 20% 2-ocean fish, however this year we are seeing 80% 2-ocean and 20% 1-ocean fish). This means the fish you will catch should be much larger on average.

Snake River Steelhead is currently open for harvest and will pick up significantly by Oct 1. 

Grande Ronde River Steelhead –
Following the same basics as the Snake return, the Ronde will be open with a 2 fish limit. We will begin offering our remote lower river trip around Oct 20th. This is a very limited trip, but also one of our most rugged and scenic trips we offer. During waterfowl season we offer cast and blast trips.

WE ANTICIPATE THIS BEING A GREAT FALL AND WINTER FISHING SEASON AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO FISHING WITH YOU.

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.