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OFFICIAL 2023 Columbia River Spring Chinook Thread

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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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First trip last Sunday, fished from dark til 10 am. Foul hooked a big sturgeon. Big takedown. Yes! Noooo.
I never saw it so I don't know how big, but it pulled 300' of line like a sea lion, then turned and swam just above the pilings/jetty I was hooked to and parked. I couldn't budge it but released and manuevered over to it, got to 30' on the line counter, bow nosed right into the pilings, line going upriver between two pilings, and my kwik popped off, miracle! I was glad to get that plug back.
I doubt it was foul hooked. We catch and release a lot of accidental sturgeon on kwiks.
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I too am a proponent of having charts for the river. I bought mine at Englunds in Astoria. Of course the overwrite application on your GPS is awesome but having that piece of paper in front of you for reference is invaluable IMO. Although charts are not as detailed in topography, watching/looking/finding good spots was a key part in finding "honey holes".
FYI you can download charts for free from NOAA. Just google search Columbia River navigation charts for the area you want. Here鈥檚 an example.

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No. The tribes killed too many ESA listed fish. They were allocated 7.4% impact compared to recreation 1.6%. they used 8.4% and now there aren't any more impacts for recreation fishers. We're leaving almost 4,000 fish on the table.
To be clear, those 4,000 fish aren鈥檛 left on the table. They just got eaten on someone else鈥檚 table.
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