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Name: DjButler Date: August 26, 2016 Rating:
 
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What way to start my weekend with a very first time on the Columbia. Got my first Wa State King Salmon ever and ended up with a limit of 1 Coho and 1 King. It's kind of a bummer to drive 4 hours for two fish but most definitely worth the experience. First, I'm not familiar with the area but we launched out of Astoria started fishing the Oregon side making our way towards the WA along the bridge. We hooked into a few jacks to small to keep which were released.
Lost over 7-8 fish today. I kicked back and watched my friend and his dad finish up their limits!

We had a phenominal guide who knew where the fish were holding during the tide switches. He was very knowledgeable and put us on fish! Cut plug herring was the choice of bait

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Name: mcgregor Date: August 21, 2016 Rating:
 
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We fished 8/19 - 8/21, We wanted to fish kings but since it was so slow we switched to Steelhead. Fishing was tough we missed a few strikes but landed a few too. Even got a bonus king.

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Name: fishaholic one Date: March 11, 2016 Rating:
 
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two of us fished from daylight until 3:30pm. started fishing on anchor as tide was out going friends next to us had two take-downs fish did not stay on. were using K-15 wrapped quick fish. started trolling around noon near Clinton got lucky and picked up a 12lb hen about 1pm. launched out of Cathlamet.

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Name: salmonbarry Date: June 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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Was invited to go hit the Columbia today with buddy Craig so made the drive down to Longview Friday night after work and pulled into his driveway about 10:30. Like 2 little kids we played around with set ups and what we were going to use plus got caught up on things but before we knew it it was close to midnight so quickly hit the hay setting the alarm for 3:30. Not sure what happened but suddenly at 5:15 Craig knocks on my door and we fly around trying to get ready and down to the river!

Not a good start as by the time we were on the water it was 6:30 and we ran up to see what spots were left to anchor, unfortunately a guide was in Craig's favorite hole where he caught a 14lb buck last Saturday and tied into a June hog before it popped off. So we anchored just above him and set out our lines using a 3.5 maglips hot red and pink smeared with Mike's shrimp lunker lotion. Over the next 3 hours we watched the guide hook up about 7 times, losing 3 and landing 3 nice steelhead and 1 29lb June hog which he had to throw anchor and chase down river. During out lull we broke out Craig's new grill and made some killer breakfast burritos with some of his fresh chicken eggs, ghost pepper mango salsa, spicy Italian sausage and ghost pepper jack cheese! Wow that hit the spot so now back to fishing!

One thing about fishing the Columbia this year is location, location, location! We had had enough of watching this so pulled anchor and moved down river. Passed some guides that we knew that pointed us to a spot open not too far below them so tried to find a point that looked good and get into about 8 feet of water to work the rest of the out going tide. Right away had a couple drive-by that didn't stick so around 11am Craig mentioned that about 20,000 sockeye were going over the dam each day so let's set up one rod with a cured prawn tail cocktail and try to entice one plus knew steelhead love this set up too. Put the prawn set up on the outside line and sat back to watch for a bite~ didn't take long for that rod to start to tap tap tap, pull pull pull.. wait for it.... them WHAM! It hammered down and it was fish on! (very hard not to grab that rod when it does that!) This fish starts peeling line and we are thinking June hog and may have to throw anchor but soon get control and start to work in but then goes nuts again and comes flying out of the water so now we are thinking sockeye! Not acting or looking like a steelhead and has a lot of power so keep working him closer until finally Craig is able to get the net under him. We check fins and see it's clipped so bring it into the boat and see it's either a jack springer or smaller June hog but either way, a very nice little chinook!

So you guessed it, put the rod back out with another prawn cocktail and did the same with the other rod to finish out the tide. It had been your typical Columbia river day but I liked fishing this side of the river as opposed to fishing Puget Island which we usually fish for springers as the scenery was spectacular! Now as we are sitting there we hear an Osprey screech and see it trying to bomb dive an immature bald eagle perched in a tree across from us. Soon he is joined by another and I am able to at least get a picture of it before it takes off but here is the coolest part. When he takes off we follow his flight and he swoops down by the beach down river from us and grabs something big that is laying by the bank. Turns out it is a big dead salmon and he tried to pick it up and take off but it is too heavy so he grabs it with his talons and works his way up the beach to log pile to have some lunch but the osprey's want lunch too and start to swoop down as he is working his way up the beach. We are too far away to film this but are watching through our field glasses and each time the osprey got close the eagle would jump up with his talons to fend off the ospreys! It was a spectacular sight to watch and he finally made it to the log jam on the beach but was still getting harassed by the ospreys so finally someone shot off a rifle to scare them off as I think he was worried the ospreys were going to get hurt. So after we pulled anchor went over and beach the boat and I ran up to get a picture of what the eagle was eating and it was a native salmon that someone had probably had to release that did not survive.

All in all, another fun day with my old high school buddy on the Columbia, not red hot fishing but got one and rated it a three due to company, scenery and the spectacular display of nature at it's purest! This week it's time to get on my "big boy pants" and get the Tin cup ready for some salt fishing!!

See you on the water!

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Name: Old Man River Date: June 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished below Willow Grove launch plunking out of a boat. Went 1/1 using shrimp/spinglows for 3 rods. Caught 1 10lb hatchery summer run steelhead. Had a few other bites. Hot sunny day. Good to be on the water.

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Name: salmonbarry Date: April 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got a call this week from buddy Craig in Longview that he was taking Friday off in honor of them keeping the Columbia open and invited me to join him for some springer fishing! Of course I said YES!!!

We knew we wouldn't have much of tide to work with for kwikfish fishing as low tide was 6:30 and both of us had lots of work to do Thursday to be able to take Friday off. so met at Fred Meyers in Longview at 6am and headed to the boat launch. Were on the water by 7am and motoring down to Clifton Channel to start our troll.

Put out a couple rigs set up with cut plug herring and short bus flashers to lead the way and worked our way on the south side along by the old cannery. About 8am we checked our baits to clear off some debris and had just got the rods back in the holder when my rod buries into the water and (love that sound) my reel starts screaming! We were only in about 15 feet of water so this fish actual goes airborne and does a couple flips; now I am not liking this as that is usually how they throw these barbless hooks but it stayed on finally got her in the net, check for fins and YES! A keeper! Nice little cookie cutter springer about 12 lbs so finally got my 1st springer of the season!

Set the rods back out with fresh herring and worked our way over the pilings when Craig's rod does a double tap and then buries into the water and it's fish on #2! Again this one stayed on the surface and after a couple nice runs got it in the net but alas, too many fins! Carefully unhooked this beauty in the net and sent it back to swim away with little tears coming down our face!

The weather had been pretty nice with just a nice breeze and sunshine but about 11am a westerly wind started to pick up and by 12:30 turned into a stiff wind that started whipping the water into whitecaps. We pulled in the rods and figured we would try and find a place to anchor up and wait for the tide to run out but everywhere we went it got worse and worse. We made it to the south side of Puget Island just upstream from the plunking shacks and dropped anchor, got the kwikfish wrapped with sardines but before we could even make a cast, the wind blew us sideways and realized this wasn't going to work so called it a day! Oh well, from what we heard back at the launch was that we were the only boat the got 2 in but of course, this is a big river and I am sure others had some fish stories to tell today.

We split the springer so the fillets are minus the back half of the fish but 'my oh my' do I love springers!! BBQ at Barry's tomorrow!!

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Name: rustyski Date: April 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got on the water early and started fishing with kwikfish off of White's Island, just below the piling. Didn't take long before the first fish was in the boat. All told, my buddy and I got our limit, as well as a wild in a few hours. We really whacked them. The fishing is inconsistent right now, and we were the lucky boat on the water that day. Hopefully it'll pick up as water temperature increases. Tight Lines!

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Name: Old Man River Date: August 22, 2013 Rating:
 
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Fished the Columbia River for kings near Longview last two days. River is dead. Over 15,000 kings gillnetted this week in lower Columbia (above bouy 10). Saw few fish caught yesterday and none today. Fished with folks that were limiting their boat last week. Six rods for two days had one hit plunking wobblers from boat. Nets going back in Sunday....... Will try again once there is a break in the netting. Too bad the fishing had been very good.

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Name: jcrockett72 Date: August 20, 2013 Rating:
 
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Went out on the Columbia Monday and Tuesday and caught a small king on Monday actually had to toss it back..... and nailed a silver and a Chinook on Tuesday great little 2 day vaca.

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Name: salmonbarry Date: July 07, 2013 Rating:
 
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Made it down to Longview Saturday evening and was excited for the chance of at some of those migrating chromers heading up the Columbia and we made a final check of the boat to make sure were ready to head out at O' dark 30.

Woke up at 3:45 and after getting our coffee and filling our thermos headed out to the launch! Now again was told to expect light winds up to 5mph and clear skies! NOT! When we got to where we could see the river a head wind greeted us and we could see white caps out on the water. A thick marine layer accompanied the strong winds so we were slightly discouraged but still had high hopes of tying into a nice steelhead today. Headed over to the East side of Puget island and found it to be a little protected from the wind so dropped anchor in 12' of water and tied on a 2 rig set up per line with one having a spin and glo with cured shrimp and other with eggs and a 2 oz drop sinker and cast out and waited for a hit.. had to attach the wind socks to keep the boat straight and felt we were it a good area as there was a guide below us and a guide above us.

After 5 hours of cleaning grass and stuff off our lines and putting on fresh bait every half hour and the wind getting stronger instead of calming down, decided to call it a day at least out here. Pulled anchor and Craig wanted to run up river and see if he could find a guide friend of his to see how he was doing. We never saw him and as we were turning around, his 65 hp jet died!! Maybe it's me! Now we were in trouble as the wind was really kicking now and white caps all around but thank goodness for kickers as he has a 9.9 mercury and it started right up we were able to make it back across over to Puget island and hug the shore to make the long, slow trip back to the launch.

It took about an hour ( instead of 10 minutes) but finally made it back to the launch in one piece! Whew!~ and of course, the wind calmed down and the skies cleared so we still wanted to go fishing so decided to take the boat home and he would follow me to Riffe lake at the dam to do some bobber/shrimp fishing for Silvers. Got there around 2pm and was amazed at high the water was since the last time I was there. Seemed pretty slow but some a few jumping and a few caught but after 2 hours we said our good-byes and parted ways. I just hope his fix for his motor will be as easy as mine was.

Will be switching out this week to pretty much just salt water as the morning tides look good and is easier for me to start my day fishing before work then trying to fish during or after work! lol and the kings should be showing up in better numbers each day!! see you on the water!!

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