The mighty, majestic Columbia River is famous for its world-class salmon fishing and for its incredible natural beauty.
There are a number of different fishing zones on the Columbia, each offering a particular way to experience this river and all it has to offer. Our expert guide, Rob Bignall, has fished the Columbia for years and offers charter fishing trips for all the major salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons. This page helps you get to know the Columbia River so that you can be prepared for a great fishing experience.
The Columbia River fishery begins at Buoy 10, a channel marker at the mouth of the river. Head upriver, and you’ll pass Astoria, Scapoose, and then Portland before reaching Bonneville Dam near the Cascade Locks.
There’s a lot to love about the Columbia River fishery, starting with the world-class fishing experience. The Columbia River is known for its world-class salmon fishing, but it is also home to equally impressive sturgeon fishing opportunities.
In addition, the Columbia River and the Columbia River Gorge is lined with green forests and rugged cliffsides, with snowcapped mountains not far in the distance. While you’re fishing, there will be plenty of opportunity to take in the beauty of the surrounding area.
These waters are famous for the Chinook salmon, which returns from the oceans to spawn in three major waves, or runs: spring, summer, and fall. The fish of each run are characterized by differences in size and disposition, but all are large, powerful fighters on the line.
Summer also brings the silver salmon also known as the Coho salmon; Coho salmon are smaller than the Chinook but plucky and aggressive on the line.