October 31, 2014

Salmon

 Reel Time works the Columbia, Snake and Clearwater rivers for King Salmon. We have two runs: the spring and the fall.  Spring Salmon average 12 to 15 lbs and are regarded as the most prized table fare of the Chinook varieties.  We fish these areas for Springers: the Columbia river the Portland area, Bonneville dam, Drano Lake, John Day dam, the Snake River at Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Granite dams and the Clearwater River in Idaho.  We basically  follow the migration of the fish keeping your lines on the the biggest concentration of the run.

40 lb fall run King caught on the Columbia near Astoria Oregon

40 lb fall run King caught on the Columbia near Astoria Oregon

Fall Kings are larger, averaging 20 lbs. We focus on the Astoria, Oregon Buoy 10 area the Hanford Reach although it is not uncommon to see a Reel Time boat venturing into the upper Columbia near Wells dam near Brewster, Washington or the Snake River when seasons permit.  Fall kings are known as “Up River Brights” because when they enter the Columbia River the fish are dime bright (note picture above). At one time the Columbia River had the largest run of King Salmon in the world along with the biggest King Salmon. KenaiRiver kings are a strain of the Columbia River King.  We still have a great wild sustained run and some 50lb plus fish get caught every year. Once again we start at rivers mouth and follow the fish to the spawning grounds, moving with the fish, staying on top of them.

Snake River Spring Salmon

Snake River Spring Salmon

On all Astoria Oregon, Bouy 10 trips you will also have plenty opportunity to catch nice Coho Salmon.  The limit is 1 King and 1 Coho or 2 Coho this August fishery is an exciting time in the Pacific Northwest as Millions of Salmon enter the Columbia river on their annual migration to countless tributary’s.

 

Ray Walkers 25lb Coho