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What Makes Spring Chinook Different? | Fish Species

Posted A year ago

Spring Chinook, as defined in the Columbia River region, are often regarded as the best-tasting salmon in the world. The fishery is a highly anticipated time that brings multitudes of anglers to both boat and bank, to try their hand at these impressive fish.   Fishing for Springers Spring chinook is often a difficult percentage fishery. The timing of the run and closures can leave many anglers frustrated at the hours spent for minimum reward. When the fishing is good, it can be really good and few fisheries provide the satisfaction that springers do.   If you do it right...

Keeper Sturgeon Opened in Lower Columbia!

Posted 2 years ago

The Columbia River has finally opened to keeper sturgeon fishing from _____ to ____ ! You can now keep legal-sized sturgeon in these areas :Legal-size sturgeon is ___________Plunking for Sturgeon can be very effectiveFirst Opportunity in YearsThe Lower Columbia Sturgeon fisheries were originally closed due to perceived over-fishing and low fish counts. This closure took pressure off of sturgeon and left only catch-and-release opportunity on the lower river. The population has recovered over the last several years bringing this new opportunity.Short windows of retention periods above Bonneville Dam have kept a few anglers entertained, but those fishing the lower river...

2017 Goes Down As One Of The Most Challenging Spring Chinook Seasons To Date

Posted 2 years ago

Let me start this article by saying that the first person this summer that complains about it being too hot, should be tarred, feathered and drug through the streets...... I don't know what we did to tick Mother Nature off but at least all our little baby salmon are making it to the ocean at record pace. If there's food out there for them, we could be in for some great fishing in the coming ye2017ars. This 2017 main stem Columbia Spring Chinook Fishery is going to go down as one of the most challenging, temperamental, and toughest fisheries we've...

$25,000 in Prizes to Fish for Trout!

Posted 2 years ago

  Trout fishing just upped the ante in Washington State.   The second Annual Statewide Fishing Derby began April 22. It will finish October 31st 2017.    There is over $25,000 in prizes available - 900 tagged prize trout are available which means the more you fish - the bigger chance you have at one of the many prizes.        Over 100 Lakes Statewide are involved in this Fishing Derby. View This List of Washington Lakes.   (2 County Examples Below)    Clark County   Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond, Lacamas Lake   Cowlitz County   Horseshoe Lake, Kress Lake, Lake...

WDFW has stocked more than 16 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide!

Posted 2 years ago

WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov/April 13, 2017Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, 360-902-2662Trout stocking crews active across Washington; Preparations continue for April 22 opening dayOLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are working to plant fish throughout the state in preparation for April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes open for a six-month fishing season.Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, when hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out to fish.WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking more...

Columbia River Springer Fishing Extension 2017

Posted 2 years ago

The exciting news has hit the the Pacific Northwest! The Columbia River gets a Spring Chinook Salmon Fishery Extension per the meeting from Washington and Oregon today. The fishery thus far has been hit or miss with some salmon around to be caught but this extension should prove to be the best fishing we have seen yet!  Two, separate seasons  have been given to us.   April 13th to the 17th & April 20th to April 23rd. The water is still set to be pretty high, so make sure you concentrate on great anchor spots or look for seam lines...

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