Columbia River Fall Chinook forecast looking good!


Okay, so you know the drill when it comes to fishery forecasts, right? The basic rule of thumb is never get too excited about talk of projected record runs…that way you won’t be too disappointed when the actual number of returning fish falls way short of expectations (which seems to be the case all too often). That being said, you can make what you want of the very positive outlook for adult fall run Chinook on the Columbia River.

At the moment, the signs are pointing to a very good autumn of fishing. Here’s what the folks at Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife are saying…

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The Mother of all FishWiches!

Heart attack on a bun!

Man, do they like to eat in Wisconsin! I just got back from a week-long trek to America’s Dairyland…and one evening, I ordered a fish sandwich and ended up with Moby on a Bun! All for $6.99 (which included “endless fries”), by the way.

Very tasty, I might add, but just the thought of it had my cardiologist ordering a new set of Ping composite shaft golf clubs. The monster was too much for me and, in fact, I even considered entering it into the Hawg of the Month Contest!

Caught red…er…black handed! (2010 Smoker of the Year Contest entry)

No, we're not acting suspicious, why?

Though the Hennmeister and Ray-Ray appear to be up to no good here, they’re actually not doing anything illegal…though it could be argued that throwing this black beauty into the box is worthy of some sort of fine.

We’re sure glad they made the ill-advised move to step in front of a waiting camera with their prize, however, because it makes a dandy Smoker of the Year Contest entry. Do you have any dark beasts that you’d like to share? You’ve got a chance to win a cool prize…and be the envy of your friends! Send us your pix!

The rainbow that thought it was a king!

Ok, so we didn’t catch this thing on a #22 BWO on 7X, but there’s just something so cool about the idea of tangling with a rainbow trout that’s big enough to grab a K15 Kwikfish intended for salmon. I recently found this old photo of me guiding on the Nushagak River many moons ago and meant to include it in my recent Nushagak Dreamin’ photo essay but it somehow slipped through the cracks.

There just aren’t many places left on earth where big bows like this live…and there will be even fewer if that damn Pebble Mine gets going…but I digress. What an awesome animal, eh?

Fishing’s looking good in the Pacific Northwest!

Reilly with some Oregon chrome

Dang, with California’s salmon and steelhead fisheries limping along and Alaska’s king fishing not looking so hot, you’ve got to love what’s coming out of Oregon and Washington’s Columbia River Basin! Looks like another banner season of summer steelhead fishing is on tap! Check out the latest DAM COUNTS