Posts Tagged ‘Chinook’

OREGON: Most Chinook are Dark Now and Close to Spawning

Friday, November 11th, 2011

With the closure of fishing for salmon from a floating device above Beacon Rock, chinook season on the Columbia near Bonneville is effectively over.

Most chinook are dark now and close to spawning.

Sturgeon season remains open but catches have slowed.

Bank anglers yielded a keeper for about every 10 rods while boat anglers didn’t quite do that good. The bite will likely continue to slow.

Sturgeon anglers fishing downstream of Portland on the mainstem Columbia are still catching a few keepers but that too is likely to slow. Good catch and release sturgeon fishing remains in the Portland Harbor. With the water temperature dropping, fish passage remains low at Willamette Falls. A few coho are being counted along with 15 winter steelhead.

Steelhead passing Willamette Falls beginning November 1st are considered winter-run fish. McKenzie levels have dropped and held steady for several days but this will change with weekend rains. North Santiam levels will be fairly high through November.

Start looking for winters in December. Clackamas water levels are little changed and fishing is slow for mostly dark fish. Many are waiting for winter steelhead. Results have been slow to fair on the Sandy.

The next round of rainfall should improve prospects.

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OREGON: Chinook & Coho Hit the Lower Columbia Over the Weekend

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Another shot of both chinook and coho hit the lower Columbia over the weekend. High slack near the Astoria Bridge produced fair catches for the few anglers participating in the fishery. Coho action should heat back up again as the bulk of the second run coho enter the lower river. Crabbing in the lower Columbia is also picking back up again.

Nehalem fishers continue to do best for wild coho as it is one of the last remaining open fisheries on the coast. Biologists expect it to remain open through the weekend but regulation changes can happen at any time, based on effort. Some chinook remain present but are somewhat elusive.

Tillamook anglers continue to deal with eelgrass and seaweed issues, especially on incoming tide. This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if there were good numbers of chinook available but success rates have tapered in recent days. There remains some great opportunities ahead however and catches are likely to pick back up again, maybe by the weekend. There are good numbers of wild coho in the west channel where catch and release anglers are finding consistent action.

The Alsea, Nestucca, Tillamook, Siuslaw and Yaquina are now closed to the take of wild coho as anglers have achieved the allowable quota. These systems remain open for chinook however and are producing some of the best catches in recent years. The Salmon River is starting to slow.

River levels rose mid-week and did draw some salmon into the upper reaches of north coast systems but precipitation wasn’t significant enough to bring in the mother lode.

Crabbing remains good in most north coast estuaries. The ocean will close to recreational crabbing after October 15th. Seas will likely remain too rough for anglers to access through the weekend.

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WASHINGTON: Mouth of the Cowlitz is Producing Chinook, Coho & Steelhead

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

SW Washington

The mouth of the Cowlitz is producing a mix of chinook, coho and a few steelhead. This will be a coveted hot-spot over the next several weeks as migrating chinook enjoy a cool reprieve from the warm waters of the mainstem. Wobblers and spinners will take the majority of the fish.

The Lewis does have some summer steelhead available but most anglers will wait for the late arriving coho.

Boat anglers at Drano Lake are still faring well for steelhead with chinook catches likely to improve in the coming days.

The mouth of the White Salmon River should also produce nicely for the next several weeks with chinook early and coho a bit later.

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WISCONSIN: Big Kings are biting in Milwaukee

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Charter Fishing Milwaukee customers are enjoying great action on Chinook salmon to 17 pounds.

The best action is four to six miles off shore All anglers are catching fish. You will find Coho, Chinook, Rainbow and Lake Trout steady and predictable. A combination of Salmon and Trout in all sizes are active. Let me tell you where and what to use.

For Coho you can’t go wrong with spoons in most sizes in green and yellow with glow paint. The Reaper Magnum Peacock spoon in regular or magnum is the answer for Sunny days.

For Chinook a spoon presentation of any size in green glow or blue/green on silver will get the job done. The Reaper Fish Fry and Peacock Magnum from Badger Tackle is providing steady action. White or disco 8 inch flashers with green flies is also an important part of the presentation.

Coho are east of the main gap in 90 to 160 feet of water in the top 45 feet. Chinook are in the same area with a deeper presentation of 45 to 100 down on downriggers 60 feet behind the ball. The boat speed of 1.8 gave the best results.

Have a great fishing season.

Let’s go fishing!!

Capt. Jim Hirt
Blue Max Charters
P: 414-828-1094


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