It looks like his beautiful weather that we have had these past few days is about to change. That is okay with me, steelhead fishing has slowed down a bit and the rivers could use a good rain. We did have a good day Saturday landing these 3 beautiful winter steelhead (way to go Steve, Andy and Mike!) and last friday one of my guest landed his first Winter Steelhead on a fly, that was pretty exciting for all of us.
Straight from the ODFW web site. The Willamette and Columbia Springer season has been set. The Columbia from Buoy 10 to I-5 will be open 7 days a week, from March 1 through April 18th, there will be 4 Tuesday’s in March that the river will be closed for commercial harvest, the daily bag limit is 2 adipose fin clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination. ODFW is forecasting 470,000 spring salmon in the Columbia this year. The Willamette river will be open 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of 2 adipose fin clipped chinook salmon or steelhead in any combination. ODFW is forecasting a return of 62,700 chinook salmon in the Willamette this year.
Bookings look good for spring salmon season however we still have a handful of great dates available in April and in May. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to fish one of the largest salmon returns in Oregon’s history.