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Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing

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Our season generally starts in mid-March when fishable numbers of Spring Chinook (aka Springers) return from the Pacific Ocean as they make there way upstream to their natal streams. As some of these fish will travel 100's of miles and spend months in fresh water without feeding they enter the Columbia strong and filled with rich layers of Omega-3 fatty acids. Many salmon connoisseurs consider Spring Chinook to be the top quality Chinook and the Columbia River fish the best of the best. Fishing out of Cathlamet Washington we intercept these fish just after they leave the salt water when they are in peak condition.

Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon

  • what: Spring Chinook Salmon (aka Springers, Spring Kings)
  • why: Springers average 15-19 pounds with fish up to 30+ pounds possible
  • when: mid-March through April
  • where: Cathlamet Washington area from the Port of Wahkiakum

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