Outlook on Salmon Fishing in the Pacific Northwest
Largest Fall Chinook Run Since 2004
Anglers and fishing prognosticators are optimistic about the fall salmon run in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s projection, according to an annual report, is on track to be the largest fall Chinook run since 2004.
Temperatures are just starting to cool off, which improves the number of fish to catch. The late summer heat has kept the waters around the Bonneville Dam and the Willamette River a few degrees warmer than optimal, according to reports, so look for even better fishing prospects as the temperatures drop in the coming weeks.
Projections about the season are made through a process of public hearings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, whereby fishery managers combine their knowledge to determine outlooks for the salmon run on the Columbia River and parts of the ocean off the Oregon and Washington coasts. The fall season officially begins August 1.
Pacific Northwest Fishing Resources
At Ironwood Pacific, we look for good, reliable information about fishing from several sources. Of course, you can begin by checking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website. On the site, you can sign up for seasonal updates by email or download a report in PDF about coastal Wild Coho and Chinook. The ODFW keeps tabs on fish counts in the Columbia River and also at several dams, including Three Mile Falls, Leaburg and Foster dams, among others.
Also, check the The Guide’s Forecast website, which includes fishing updates for Oregon and Washington states, as well as other links for fishing. A handy regional map for tour guides can be found on the site, too.
Before you go out to fish, remember to check the sport fishing regulations for the zone you may be fishing in. These can and are revised throughout the season to protect the valuable resource we all enjoy — fish. Good luck!