Fall King Salmon & Coho Salmon in Washington, Oregon and the Columbia River

Fall King Salmon & Coho Salmon in Washington, Oregon and the Columbia River 2017-06-21T09:19:35+00:00

Clancy’s Fishing Team is here to guide you to the finest King and Coho salmon fishing in the Northwest. On the average there are over a million salmon, King & Coho combined, swim under the Astoria Bridge during the month of August as they start their annual migration up the Columbia River and into the tributaries.

We are experts at being in the right place at the right time and knowing the correct bait to use in each situation. This knowledge combined with our light refined tackle and our outstanding fishing skills let you enjoy this outstanding fishery to its fullest. Starting the last week of July we will be guiding our clients at the Mouth of the Columbia River in the estuary. These fish enter the river and move in and out of the estuary getting acclimated to the change from living in salt to fresh water. Estuary fishing in tide water for salmon is a very precise, ever changing technique. It is constantly changing as the tide moves in and out every six hours. There is no substitute for experience and Clancy’s Guided Sportfishing has been guiding clients for sixty one years. We know and understand salmon habits and physical changes as they adjust to these conditions.

We will keep you in the fish throughout the fishing day until all have limits or near limits. Most days everyone on our boats take home limits. Coho salmon with an adipose fin must be released. On an average day you could expect to land limits to take home while releasing some wild ones unharmed. Bringing to the net fifteen or twenty salmon happens daily. The first couple weeks of this estuary fishery your catch will be primarily Kings. Then for the rest of August and the first week of September the Coho also arrive. Your catch will then be a combination of King and Coho. This estuary fishing will continue full blast through the first week of September. After the first week of September the major run of salmon has moved further upstream and we follow them.

The Coho fishing in the estuary just continues to get better clear into October. We stay with and fish for these fish as they continue their migration up the Columbia. By the first week of September we start to fish for them in Drano Lake at the mouth of the Little White Salmon River. This is outstanding King Salmon fishing. Our clients catch limits of nice big fish daily with some double and triple hookups. The Cowlitz River, a Washington major tributary of the Columbia starts producing good catches of King and Coho Salmon by the first week of September and it stays good through October. This is river fishing using different techniques and baits. You will have lots of fun and catch lots of fish. Try it you will like it.

The Lewis River is a quiet jewel for fall King and Coho salmon. Very productive and lots of fun to fish. We start fishing in the Lewis about the middle of September and it will continue to be good through November. You definitely don’t want to miss this one. This is a pleasant fishery with lots of nice big salmon and is truly fun to fish. If you want to enjoy this fishery you would be wise to reserve your fishing days as soon as possible.