It has been a crazy year Salmon Fishing on the Columbia and the Willamette. Just as the Willamette River was getting into perfect condition our Oregon weather turned.First week or so of April the storms came rolling in, one after another, throwing the Willamette into a mess. With the Willamette out of shape, we moved up to the Columbia ( want to mention, we were not the only ones on the move, us and 10 million of our best friends moved north). Even with all the pressure on the Columbia, we were catching fish. The weather has started to improve again, so we now will make the move back to the Willamette to see if the fish have remained or moved up river. We are always amazed at how this fishery draws people from all around the northwest.
With the Willamette improving but not in perfect shape last weekend, the spring chinook fishery saw some good catches with 168 boats checked and 75 chinook landed. Even the bank anglers had a decent catch rate, showing 18 spring chinook and 4 winter steelhead checked in for 178 bank rods.
Hydro readings at Willamette Falls on April 12 showed flows dropping nicely at 27,000 cfs, the water temperature up to 49°, and the visibility improved to 2.6 ft. Hence we are on the move back to the Willamette.
As mention in the last post we are working on our new website. It will be a different experience for our customers and we hope it will be a useful tool. With the new site you will be able to book the majority of our trips online. We have also created an all new Rogue River Map, that will be interactive for our Rogue River clients. Whether fishing the Rogue, or on a family rafting trip, we think this will be great to review.
Also other big news coming up, Rogue River Outfitters will be offering its first Annual Wine Rafting Tour. We have partnered up with the founders of The Southern Oregon Wine Blog to put together a wine tasting trip down the Rogue River this summer. Details are in the works, so stand by for more info. It will be a trip you will not want to miss.
Its hard to believe but we are almost half way through the 2010 Salmon season. We have started to pack for the Deschutes. Our calendar is just about booked on the Deschutes. We do have a few openings left, give us a call and lets catch one of the Deschutes Redsides on a Fly!