Columbia River Spring and Summer Chinook Salmon Forecast 2024

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Before the spring and summer salmon seasons get announced on the Columbia we get to review the final tally of the 2023 returns and the 2024 forecast.

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Why you should fish Buoy 10 and our lessons learned

Buoy 10 chinook posed

Every year I have a friend who fishes with me from Arizona for the past 14 years. We’ve done many fisheries all over Western Washington and this year we decided to take on the mother of them all: Buoy 10.

Keep reading to learn why we chose Buoy 10, why you should consider it and a few lessons we learned as Buoy 10 newbs.

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Summer Chinook salmon, sockeye, and steelhead fishing on sections of the Columbia River opens June 16

Mix of sockeye and chinook

June 7, 2023
Contact: WDFW Region 5, 360-696-6211; Region 3, 509-575-2740
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

Summer Chinook salmon, sockeye, and steelhead fishing on sections of the Columbia River opens June 16

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Washington salmon fishing seasons tentatively set for 2023-24

Box full of fresh chrome salmon

April 6, 2023
Contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

Washington salmon fishing seasons tentatively set for 2023-24

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2023 Washington Coast Salmon Forecast

Chinook fish box caught on the Washington coast

The Washington coast salmon forecast for 2023 has just been released and this blog post unpacks what we should expect in the coastal rivers and marine waters.

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Lower Columbia River Fishing 2023

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2021 Columba River fishing – couple of springers

The lower Columbia River consists of all the fishable water from Buoy 10 to the Bonneville pool. There are several species of fish to target across a number of unique runs bound for the upper reaches or lower river tributaries, but all must pass through the waters of the lower Columbia River.

This blog post is meant to be a trip planning resource more than anything. We will share data on recent catches, run timing information, run specific forecasts and help understanding regulations to make you a better angler on the lower Columbia River.

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