Spring Fishing Season
I begin in March thru May by fishing the
Willamette River and the Columbia River
in the Portland to Oregon City area. The
spring Chinook are known to be some of
the best tasting salmon caught. They
generally range in the 10 - 20 lb area
however do reach the 30 lb area (record
Springer, 55 1/2 lbs, 1983).
In May and June, in addition to the
Willamette and Columbia Rivers, I fish
the Tillamook area for spring Chinook.
Talk about wild fish! They have an
unbelievable ability to fight! For fish
that range in the 20 lb area, the fight
they put up would make you believe that
you have a 40+ lb Chinook on.
Additionally, you can often get in some
crab catching time in-between the
Did anyone say
Ling Cod and Sea Bass? Starting in April
and lasting into September, the bottom
fishing can be off the charts good.
There are times when so many fish
species are abundant. Iíve had many days
with four people on board and we caught
in the neighborhood of a hundred fish
before we had settled on our limit.
Generally, lots of action!
usually opens Halibut season around May
1st and that's when I can find the
Halibut out of Newport or Tillamook Bay.
Very seldom do I fish this area without
limiting the boat. The spring halibut season
lasts as long as the state catch
allocation allows, often going late into
June, with the summer season starting
Tuna fishing generally starts in July
and continues into September. I start
out of Newport or Depoe Bay and continue
at Tillamook. For 20-30 lb fish, when
they hit, thereís no doubt! They hit
like a freight train and fight all the
way. This is a fishery youíll never
Summer & Fall Fishing Seasons
Starting in July, I fish the
Tillamook/Nehalem area, Astoria in the
buoy 10 area or Winchester Bay
(Reedsport area), which has nice
summer/fall Chinook and Coho runs. Coho
fishing can be phenomenal! Iíve had many
days catching 20+ Coho and Chinook
August begins the lunker runs, with
common Chinook catches in the 20-30 lb
range! Additionally, the state generally
opens up the summer halibut season which
often continues into late September.
Those can complete amazing fish catches.
Once again, those catches can just add
to the thrill.
In September lasting into December, I
concentrate my time in Tillamook Bay and
that immediate area of the Pacific Ocean
(generally staying within a mile or
two). What an absolutely amazing time
this can be! The fish size average in
the mid 20 lb range with fish weighing
into the 40ís. area not being unusual.