It’s All Good Guide Service had a very exciting year fishing our Northwest waterways for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and a newly developing recreational bottom fishing market out of Garibaldi and Astoria, Oregon.
The 2017 fishing season started off very slow due to the abnormally high water flows affecting the Spring Chinook season in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and did not take shape until mid-May when the water levels started recede. Even though the fish counts are based on the monthly calendars the run started late and finished late where we were still seeing spring chinook return to the Sandy River fish hatchery in early August.
This year along with the catch and release sturgeon fishery ODFW rewarded us with a limited slot limit retention and we capitalized on 5 of the 6 days allocated in the lower Columbia River just upriver of Astoria, Oregon to Wanua. ODFW has stated there will be additional days in May of 2018 which is very exciting for those who want to participate.
July thru August was the standard stellar months for fishing Buoy 10 season around Astoria and the Ocean. But, the best surprise was the upriver from Scappoose to Portland holding fish in mid to late September allowing a longer fall fishing season below Bonneville Dam in the lower Columbia River.
This spring the boat modifications included installing a Garmin System of two screens, (GPS MAP 7610 and 942), and a new VHF 210 AIS Marine Radio. The 942 screen was placed on the forward side of my console allowing the customer to see what I see. This also will be a great help when fishing Chinook on the bottom allowing the customer to have a better understanding in managing his tackle. This should produce a greater catch ratio for those fishing. The new Garmin 210 Radio incorporates what is called the AIS System showing each commercial boat location on your navigation chart. This is a very important issue when working in the fog on navigable waterways and in the Ocean.
Lastly, new seats for all. Staying with Alumawelds theme, we are replacing all the seats in the boat which includes a newly designed custom armrest support giving each of you that comfort and secure feeling while motoring on our northwest waterways.
Now, with the current season over I am directing my attention to a new website designed by David Eldred of Sine Cera Marketing. We are planning to launch soon and look forward to your comments.