Vernita Washington Fishing Guides
COLUMBIA RIVER VERNITA SALMON FISHING
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to snag the biggest fish you’ve ever seen!
This fishing paradise, Vernita area, boasts a population of giant fall Chinook that’ll make any angler’s heart race. In mid-September we 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 “downhill 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.
This is considered a “free flowing” section of the Columbia because it is the longest stretch between dams, therefore, making it flow like a normal river. The only difference is that the water can fluctuate 3 to 6 feet in a day, making fishing a challenge.
Vernita Area is Home to the Largets Population of Fall Chinook
These mighty fish can really make an angler work for their catch, often weighing in at over 20 pounds.
As the season progresses, we switch to back trolling egg and plugs. This allows us to focus on the 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 guesswork out of your fishing experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?
The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.
IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?
We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.
HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?
Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing
DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?
Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.
DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?
We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.
DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?
Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.