By the first of September the Columbia River from the estuary to Bonneville Dam is full of king salmon and the fishing success is great. Fishing for these fish we primarily troll, using herring , anchovies or a variety of lures and spinners. This is very productive fishing for quality fresh run kings. Limits or near limits for all happen daily.
At the same time all the tributaries below the dam fill up with nice Kings. When the kings move into these smaller rivers we use lighter tackle and change our fishing approach. This is real hands on fishing holding the rod, feeling the bite and setting the hook. These big kings in the smaller river setting are a real challenge to hook and land. A totally different fishing trip than on the big Columbia River. Using lures or bait we back troll, hover fish and float bobbers to catch these fish. An outdoor fishing day on a picturesque river catching King Salmon is a trip you do not want to miss.
The Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers are our most productive tributaries in September, October and November. We are on these two rivers every day during this period. Our clients love the whole experience. They catch lots of salmon and take home plenty of quality fish for the dinner table.
We also go above Bonneville Dam and fish Drano Lake, where the Little White Salmon River drains into the Columbia. The migrating kings use this area as a resting place in their migration. This is really good fishing. Multiple hookups happen often here. You do not want to miss this one.
This is the time to fish Tillamook Bay and Nehalem Bay. Both these areas have big, quality kings returning at this time of year. We have fished these waters for many years. The fishing is good and the water conditions are pleasant. The average size of the fish is outstanding. We are experts on these waters. Try it you will like it.