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Old 02-24-2014, 01:13 PM   #421
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I heard the commercials caught a pile of smelt yesterday, haven't confirmed it yet but if its true the springers should follow soon.

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Old 02-24-2014, 03:57 PM   #422
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Fished Caterpillar Island and Davis today, along with 6 other boats. Didn't have any action or saw any action. Did see some seagulls picking up smelt in front of Frenchman's. Water temp was 40-degrees to start and went down to 39.6 at noon.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:10 AM   #423
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So Saturday is a go. Normally fish Cathlamet, puget island area. I have heard you guys talk about the I5 area. Where do you fish around there, and launch from the Washington side. Also the Longview area. Where do you normally fish. PM me if you want.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:11 AM   #424
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So Saturday is a go. Normally fish Cathlamet, puget island area. I have heard you guys talk about the I5 area. Where do you fish around there, and launch from the Washington side. Also the Longview area. Where do you normally fish. PM me if you want.
If it's fishable in your neck of the woods, stay down there.

I would only run up if above the Willamette was the only fishable section.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:47 PM   #425
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Report for today- Trip #3. Made several passes at Davis and one pass at Caterpillar. Water clarity okay at Davis about 2 foot maybe a little more but further down was less. Soft tide had Willamette flow spread out. Didn't see or hear of any fish and only marked a couple. Water temp was between 39 and 40. East wind picked and made a fun trip back by the bridges. Saw one seal.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:48 PM   #426
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I heard through a good grapevine they caught multiple springers in the cathlamet zone Tuesday and Thursday even with poor water conditions!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:45 PM   #427
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I heard through a good grapevine they caught multiple springers in the cathlamet zone Tuesday and Thursday even with poor water conditions!!
I want some of that wine from your grapevine. Unless there sour grapes.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:16 PM   #428
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I heard the commercials caught a pile of smelt yesterday, haven't confirmed it yet but if its true the springers should follow soon.


I would say alot talked to game warden today said they got 8000.00 pounds smelt in nets Tuesday.
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:41 PM   #429
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Beautiful day today, any reports?
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This thread is oddly quiet
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:06 PM   #431
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This thread is oddly quiet
It always goes quiet when everyone is on the water. We'll be out there tomorrow and Sunday.

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Old 02-28-2014, 03:07 PM   #432
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See you guys on the water...
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:15 PM   #433
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Fished the mighty C today, Nothing for us, 7 am to 1 pm. really foggy in the morning
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:53 PM   #434
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Fished the mighty C today, Nothing for us, 7 am to 1 pm. really foggy in the morning
Don't you know it still too early There will fish caught this weekend I'm sure.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:16 PM   #435
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Fished the mighty C today, Nothing for us, 7 am to 1 pm. really foggy in the morning
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:37 PM   #436
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Hitting the river tomorrow for the first trip out for springers! Been waiting for this since January good look to all going out tomorrow.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:10 PM   #437
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First trip out today lots of sea lions, seals and seagulls but no takedowns. Absolutely beautiful day. Willow Grove
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:46 PM   #438
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Made a few passes between the bridges this a.m. No luck for me. Water is looking better. Should be daily pictures of everyone's catches here soon. Can't wait to see all your smiling faces.
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First trip out today lots of sea lions, seals and seagulls but no takedowns. Absolutely beautiful day. Willow Grove
Thanks for the lower river report!
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:24 PM   #440
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Hopefully with the smelt run comeing in there be some springers following them up the river
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Think I'll wait for the dogwoods to bloom.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:01 AM   #442
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got out late last night, still managed one pass at cat. island. couple snags that didnt stick but the sunset was worth while.

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got out late last night, still managed one pass at cat. island. couple snags that didnt stick but the sunset was worth while.

That is a great picture!
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:35 AM   #444
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When are the fish coming? I have a trip set for March 28,29 hopefully they will be in!
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:41 AM   #445
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Historically and realistically now is the time to start taking passes at them on the Columbia. Its just that simple. They are already here, just a little lock jaw with 40 degree water. No line in the water = no fish.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:42 AM   #447
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Anyone have a water clarity report on the Columbia below the Willamatte? Might give it a shot Monday.
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Near Kalama 3/1/14 , 41*F, some seals, no salmon
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Put in at St John's and planned to run down and fish Davis Bar. Way to much debris in the water, several logs that would have cause serious problems if on plane. Decided to turn around and head back, water in Willamette was 10-15" vis. With very fish fish around I didn't feel it was worth a Herring.
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No dice today. Cathlamet was dead saw a few other boats. 42 degrees water temp. Maybe 2' vis if that. A few seals. Did get to try out the new Lowrance. Caught a branch though.
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fished Cat Island today. 3 rods, 4 hours with no love
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Planning for our first Springer trip on Monday and so far the reports are gloomy. We will do it anyway to shake off the cabin fever. There has to be some fish pics by end of the weekend. Crossed the Willamette downtown today, the water is has some greenish shade to it so things should improve by the hour.
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Hello all! I recently moved to the tri cities area from ohio for a short term work contract. I am interested in some steel heading, king or sturgeon fishing. Any good tips on where to start or good charter captains? I have caught steelhead in the Great Lake tributaries wading but have never fished in washington. Any tips or pointers greatly appreciated.

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Anyone have a water clarity report on the Columbia below the Willamatte? Might give it a shot Monday.
Fished the Washington side all day. About 4-5 feet on the wa side. The WR spewed mud a couple 100 feet into the main channel. The CR was actually pretty fishy looking but there just are not that many fish in the system yet.
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Fished out of Kalama this morning. Water is dingy, but fishable. 42-43 degrees. 18 to 24 inch visibility. We started below Prescott, but gave up after an hour in which we had to clean smelt off of our kwikfish eight times. Two of those were doubles. Got a smelt on my backbounced herring rig. Went upstream to the Deer Island area, fished there the rest of the tide. No smelt there, nor any seals. Nor any salmon. Trolled out the afternoon off of Sandy Island, graphed school after school of baitfish, which must be smelt. Cold out there today. It was a good shakedown cruise for Doug's boat, but I probably won't fish again until the smelt have passed. Two many targets out there for the salmon.

Thanks for taking us out, Doug. You have a heckuva fishing machine.
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Fished the Washington side all day. About 4-5 feet on the wa side. The WR spewed mud a couple 100 feet into the main channel. The CR was actually pretty fishy looking but there just are not that many fish in the system yet.
Thats funny, u told me u had four we spent a few hours on the hook watchin movies...
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Thats funny, u told me u had four we spent a few hours on the hook watchin movies...
I thought you asked me how many beers! To funny. You have to admit the river looked pretty good though.... just a matter of time
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Just a reminder that the SAFE zones reverted back to a one fin clipped Springer a day on the 1st of March. That includes the netter in there sports fishing on off netting days. You're being watched, ding dong. "Boat Limits" OK below Tongue Point (Zone 1).
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Looks like all the fishing is going to be done in the Columbia for the next few weeks. Which for for me is a bummer cause I fish the willy mainly. I am going to try and learn the airport troll out of 42nd. I have some questions like do you troll just down hill or can you troll up hill also? And do I stay near the Oregon side or was WA side?
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Just a reminder that the SAFE zones reverted back to a one fin clipped Springer a day on the 1st of March. That includes the netter in there sports fishing on off netting days. You're being watched, ding dong. "Boat Limits" OK below Tongue Point (Zone 1).
Actually the regulations state per ORS187 it depends on the size of your boat. If your boat is over 24 feet you are allowed unlimited native Chinook and 3 oversize Sturgeon per season, at least that's how I interpret the rules
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A pic from Saturday morning: the new Port of Kalama Bldg. in background).

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Fished davis 7-2 today in the rain. 10 boats or so we missed one and saw one caught. Most action ive seen this year. Dead otherwise. Water clarity was good as long as you stay above the willamette influence.
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Fished davis 7-2 today in the rain. 10 boats or so we missed one and saw one caught. Most action ive seen this year. Dead otherwise. Water clarity was good as long as you stay above the willamette influence.
Thanks for the facts!
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Fished davis 7-2 today in the rain. 10 boats or so we missed one and saw one caught. Most action ive seen this year. Dead otherwise. Water clarity was good as long as you stay above the willamette influence.
Thanks for the report. Sounds like there are couple of fish around. Heading out tomorrow and will report when we get back.
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Beautiful day for a boat ride. NOT! Cold, wet and windy pretty much sums it up. Report from boats fishing Bachelor to 62. NADA! I saw a few seals, and one sea lion. Marked very few fish. Turbidity on the CR is not good but fishable on the Oregon side. The Washington side near Bachelor is fine. Water temp on the CR today was 41.3 and the Slough was 44.8. Clarity on the slough is non existent. 6 inches max. The only action I saw today was a guy running for his rod fishing off the bank near 62...a hit and a miss. No sign of any smelt in the area no birds. Looking at the forecast for the Willy, the slough may fish in a month if we are lucky.
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Looks like all the fishing is going to be done in the Columbia for the next few weeks. Which for for me is a bummer cause I fish the willy mainly. I am going to try and learn the airport troll out of 42nd. I have some questions like do you troll just down hill or can you troll up hill also? And do I stay near the Oregon side or was WA side?
You're in America, you can still fish any way you want as long as you follow all the rules.

Troll the OR side, troll with the tide or zig-zag. 20ft depth or so, even closer to shore, by wing dams, etc. It's a big river and these fish will look for the easier way to move up. You can rot on the hook too, but so early in the season it's better odds to troll--just like you're thinking. You know, it's fishing, nobody really knows what the fish think and want.
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When are the fish coming? I have a trip set for March 28,29 hopefully they will be in!
Mid April through mid June is the best time around here. Sometimes the last two weeks of March can be good if the water is low, which it won't be tis year.
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March can be good if the water is low, which it won't be tis year.
Really, I heard it was going to be a lower water year with smaller snow packs. Is that incorrect?
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I think he is saying that because of all this rain we are getting.
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Really, I heard it was going to be a lower water year with smaller snow packs. Is that incorrect?
Snow pack is still below normal, so we will still likely see low, clear water later in spring, then warm water for summer and fall CR fisheries. Just won't be low in March in the Willamette.
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Took a stroll at Sellwood Park today and the water is now green, not brown with about 8" visibility. So it is fishable. That's my report.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:54 AM   #473
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I plan on plunkin at willow grove beach tomorrow. First time fishin for springers. Any suggestions on what to use? Spin n glow? Enough current to keep a plug cut smelt up and flashing?
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Fished along Bachelor Is. from 7 to 12 today with 2 rods and cut-plug herring. There were half a dozen both around us. Water was definitely fishable on Washington side. We didn't see any action, however. It was surprisingly pleasant weather out there. Until next time...
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:20 PM   #475
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I plan on plunkin at willow grove beach tomorrow. First time fishin for springers. Any suggestions on what to use? Spin n glow? Enough current to keep a plug cut smelt up and flashing?
spin-n-glo on the bottom, run a cut plug on top. Use a size 2 or 0 spin-n-glo halfway down the leader to help float it. Probably should just use a Kwikfish on top however. And of course, post your results and the fishing conditions.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:31 PM   #476
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spin-n-glo on the bottom, run a cut plug on top. Use a size 2 or 0 spin-n-glo halfway down the leader to help float it. Probably should just use a Kwikfish on top however. And of course, post your results and the fishing conditions.
Thank you very much. And ill let ya know how morning goes.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #477
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Anchored at the top of Caterpillar Island today along with a buddy, from 7 to 1. No action for either of us and didn't see any action from the 8-other boats trolling. Water temp was around 40-degrees at noon. I'll give it a try next week….I sure hope some fish start moving in soon, I had released one and tagged one by this time last year.

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:19 PM   #478
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spin-n-glo on the bottom, run a cut plug on top. Use a size 2 or 0 spin-n-glo halfway down the leader to help float it. Probably should just use a Kwikfish on top however. And of course, post your results and the fishing conditions.
Great diagram! Well done
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:22 PM   #479
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Where do you launch out of in the Vancouver area?
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:48 PM   #480
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Either portco on the wa side or 42nd st in oregon are the closest.
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