Throughout the year the Columbia River gets three different runs of Chinook Salmon. With the chance at both native and hatchery Salmon, these three runs happen in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Spring Chinook start to enter the river in the beginning of March and will continue to be in good numbers until the end of May. Spring Chinook are by far the best tasting Salmon that will return to the Columbia River system. Summer Chinook begin to show themselves around June and are typically of catchable numbers until the last week of July. These fish tend to be bigger than average for our Columbia River Salmon and are often fished for on anchor with plugs or spinners. Last but certainly not least come the run of Fall Chinook Salmon. This is the largest run of Salmon that the Columbia River receives each year. Fall Chinook are aggressive and put up a great fight!
We fish from the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon all the way to the mouth of the Deschutes River in Rufus, Oregon. Following these fish as they migrate up the river and knowing where to be is key to a successful day on the water.