Columbia River fishing update

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Columbia River Fishing Report – The Buoy 10 fishery continues to produce respectable catches. Double digit keeper days are still common for guides still working the area. The tides are ripe for a late start, which doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings at all.

Guides and anglers focusing their efforts on the last part of outgoing tide and the first part of incoming between Buoys 12 and 10 have been doing very well. We have boated 38 keeper coho in the last three days that I fished down there (Monday through Wednesday) and guides reported another excellent day of catch at Buoy 10 today. I’ve been fishing spinner rigs with anchovy chunks at high speed to feed the need and it’s been quite good.

The late afternoon has also been producing abundant catches of coho above the bridge on the Washington side. We call this area the flats or the humps. Trolling spinners or spinner rigs with chunk baits remains productive if you plan on fishing later into the afternoon.

Although fish passage at Bonneville Dam is tapering, 3,000 to 5,000 Chinook are still rolling over the dam daily. That is a common scenario for this time of year. Fish are a little more concentrated and easier to find in the Bonneville reach, and anglers are taking advantage of that. It’s not uncommon to see better catch rates in this reach of the river this time of year and it appears to be going on now. Trollers working 360° flashers with spinners, spinfish or super baits are finding good action. One guide commented however that weekend water fluctuations has been making the bite highly volatile, especially on Sundays.

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