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Columbia River to reopen for spring Chinook fishing below Bonneville Dam

May 11, 2022, 10:15pm Latest News

With Chinook returning in greater numbers than anticipated, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Wednesday agreed to reopen the lower Columbia River for recreational spring Chinook fishing beginning Thursday,… Read story

Ed Wilder fights a Chinook salmon while Buzz Ramsey waits with the net. They were fishing the 2018 Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge held this last Friday at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Fishing report: Columbia River spring Chinook fishing closed above Bonneville Dam

Ed Wilder fights a Chinook salmon while Buzz Ramsey waits with the net. They were fishing the 2018 Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge held this last Friday at the mouth of the Columbia River.

May 4, 2022, 4:23pm Outdoors

With the fishery expected to surpass its allowable catch in the coming days, the spring Chinook recreational fishery on the Columbia River mainstem above Bonneville Dam will closed Wednesday (May 4), fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced. Read story

The Washington and Oregon have announced the spring and summer salmon projections for 2022, and the numbers show a marked improvement over last year?s actual returns. Both the Columbia River, and its tributaries, should see stronger returns over last year.

Fishing report for lower Columbia River mainstem and tributaries: April 12

The Washington and Oregon have announced the spring and summer salmon projections for 2022, and the numbers show a marked improvement over last year?s actual returns. Both the Columbia River, and its tributaries, should see stronger returns over last year.

April 13, 2022, 5:03pm Outdoors

The Lower Columbia River mainstem from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam on Wednesday, April 6 tallied 1,109 salmonid boats and 257 Washington bank rods for this week’s count. Read story

Happy clients with spring Chinook they caught while fishing with guide Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters last year. With the runs improving in almost all waters, local anglers should be in store for much better fishing this spring and summer.

Washington salmon season tentatively set for 2022-23

Happy clients with spring Chinook they caught while fishing with guide Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters last year. With the runs improving in almost all waters, local anglers should be in store for much better fishing this spring and summer.

April 12, 2022, 6:31pm Latest News

Anglers in Washington can expect similar salmon fishing opportunities this year compared to 2021, with some improved opportunities in the ocean driven by strong expected coho returns, state fishery managers announced. Read story

Are the good times back? Anglers can keep spring Chinook salmon on the Cowlitz River this year. Retention is open through April 30.

Cowlitz River back in chinook salmon business until April 30

Are the good times back? Anglers can keep spring Chinook salmon on the Cowlitz River this year. Retention is open through April 30.

April 7, 2022, 6:00am Editor's Choice

Fishery managers were able to open the Cowlitz River to spring Chinook retention through the end of April, with one fin-clipped hatchery Chinook allowed as part of a two-salmon/steelhead daily limit. Read story

Fat spring Chinook fill a fish box in April of 2021. Anglers can fish the entire main stem Columbia this year, with no bubble closure at the mouth of the Cowlitz River.

Fishing report for lower Columbia River mainstem and tributaries: April 2

Fat spring Chinook fill a fish box in April of 2021. Anglers can fish the entire main stem Columbia this year, with no bubble closure at the mouth of the Cowlitz River.

April 6, 2022, 3:13pm Outdoors

The Lower Columbia River mainstem from Buoy 10 upstream to Corbett on Saturday, April 2 tallied 1,115 salmonid boats and 115 Washington bank rods for this week’s count. Read story

This summer Chinook came to hand during last year's fishery. About 57,000 summer Chinook are projected to return to the Columbia River in 2022, about the same as last year.

Fishing report for lower Columbia River mainstem and tributaries: March 21

This summer Chinook came to hand during last year's fishery. About 57,000 summer Chinook are projected to return to the Columbia River in 2022, about the same as last year.

March 23, 2022, 5:48pm Outdoors

The Lower Columbia River mainstem from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam on Sunday, March 20 tallied 251 salmonid boats and 111 Washington bank rods for this week’s flight count. Read story

Fat spring Chinook fill a fish box in April of 2021. Anglers can fish the entire main stem Columbia this year, with no bubble closure at the mouth of the Cowlitz River.

Fishing report: Columbia River salmon and steelhead reports and updates for week of March 14

Fat spring Chinook fill a fish box in April of 2021. Anglers can fish the entire main stem Columbia this year, with no bubble closure at the mouth of the Cowlitz River.

March 16, 2022, 4:30pm Outdoors

Updates for salmon and steelhead on Columbia River tributaries Read story

Happy clients with spring Chinook they caught while fishing with guide Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters last year. With the runs improving in almost all waters, local anglers should be in store for much better fishing this spring and summer.

Spring Chinook salmon fishing season set for Columbia River

Happy clients with spring Chinook they caught while fishing with guide Matt Eleazer of East Fork Outfitters last year. With the runs improving in almost all waters, local anglers should be in store for much better fishing this spring and summer.

February 23, 2022, 5:58pm Latest News

The 2022 spring Chinook recreational fishing season for the Columbia River was set Wednesday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. And improvements are expected in returns compared to 2021. Read story