Lower Columbia River is hot spot for spring chinook fishing, and action likely to increase in coming days

The Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery remains one of the hotter “go to” activities, and catches have started to increase late this week after a slight lull. “Effort is definitely increasing and fishing picked up around the I-5 Bridge and down toward Cathlamet,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It is typical spring chinook fishing where its good one day and then you have to chase the bite the next day.”


Hymer says the water in the big river has a little bit of color, but remains very fishable. “We don’t need a whole bunch of snow-melt, but it will happen once it starts to warm up,” Hymer said. “That will change things, but until then it continues to improve. Some of the fishing guides are having multiple fish days.”

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