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OFFICIAL 2023 Columbia River Spring Chinook Thread

267924 Views 1413 Replies 225 Participants Last post by  met'lhead matt
I haven鈥檛 see the official thread started. If it has been I will delete.

Anyway. Plan on doing a shakedown on Friday. Although it may be a little chilly.
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Google sent me this read. So glad I'm not fishing that cluster any longer. Everyone is an expert. Watched it get worse for 50 years, fewer fish, more people, you can have it! Rather enjoy fishing the Peninsula without all the people. View attachment 1004943
Haven't been over in while. Glad to see some water returning to the original channel. Hmm? wonder which finger fish will travel now?
Fished for few hrs. Sunday on the lower C. No takes. Colored water, 16"-18" vis with lots of crap floating down. Water temp 42.6.
CCW has it right. I need to start trolling plugs again.
My hardcore hook-rotting game didn't pay off til last May's springer extension.

But wait... can a guy still call it "rotting on the hook" if he doesn't use an anchor anymore?
Only if not knocked off the hook from a bow mount miscalculation?馃槅
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The perception is that forecasts for many runs, stocks of salmon have become less reliable both on the positive and negative side. In-season management has likewise been more challenging. For spring Chinook, there is a long window of opportunity to catch em in the lower Columbia. We often hear "why don't they wait until the run has been counted at the dam (or gotten to the hatchery) before you open it. It's common sense". Cautious approach is to fish a little on the front and back side and not in the volatile middle.

This year the run appears to be late..it better be ...but there is about a month and a half left in the run to catch fish. Opening the fishery in mid-May can still easily catch the allowable amount based on the updated run size determined from the mid-May updates.

Bottom line, there's plenty of time left to get em throughout the lower Columbia. And the weather will be nicer too.
I 'd like to try limiting the days per week for once. Structured such, we coluld fish through April in the lower river.
Why not try something new? Try a days per week fishery to keep it open longer than the 1st week of April. I would gladly give up days in March for an end of April fishery, and I don't think I'm alone. If you let us fish 3 days a week, that provides ample time in between to evaluate the catch rate to adjust accordingly. Lots of benefits for local economies.
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Big jump to 5804 yesterday. Wind and Drano are really going to heat up through the weekend. Literally! Good Luck.
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