Chinook is the King of Salmon — for a Reason
Portland and Astoria are great places for Spring Chinook salmon fishing.
The spring Chinook salmon season is a short duration fishery, with the beginning and end dates varying from year to year as the ODFW carefully monitors the run. In 2018, the run lasted from March 1 through April 7, just over one month; so when you plan your salmon fishing charter arrangments, you’ll want to book early as the prime days are in short supply. The spring run is also the first of three runs that take place throughout the year, as Chinook salmon return to the rivers to spawn. By the time spring Chinook salmon return to the Columbia River, they will have spent between one to seven years in the ocean, feeding, growing, and surviving as predators and prey.
In the Portland area, the Columbia River is our backyard and we fish its salmon seasons with clients who are both local and international. The Portland salmon fishery is world-class! Not only are spring Chinook salmon abundant, but the Portland region of the Columbia River is breathtakingly beautiful. If you’ve never been to Portland for a fishing charter, you’re in for a treat: the forests are green, Mt. Hood is snowcapped, and the Columbia River Gorge has rock formations and cliffs that are nothing if not impressive.