Columbia River Spring Run Chinook Salmon Fishing

Things were hectic here in Idaho trying to get everything finalized and ready for launch of the new website. With a super aggressive launch date, we didn’t exactly have free time to do much. Then kalama-mapwe got a call from a friend who we consider one of the best salmon Fish Fighters in Washington State, who told us the spring run of salmon was making its way into the Portland area. So we had ourselves a bit of a pickle, keep busting our butts to make sure we hit our target launch, or drop everything and head to The Evergreen State to try our luck at landing some big fish.

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We can’t turn down the possibility of great fishing, so we loaded the boat, assembled the Fish Fighter film crew, and we rolled out.

Talk about an incredible drive! The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most beautiful places on earth and luckily pulling a 23’ boat requires a ton of fuel stops, which gave us some time to check out the local spots and shoot some photos.

We stayed in Kalama, WA for the duration of our 7 day trip. Our mornings started at 4:30am dsc02565every day and we were on the water till 9pm every night. It was super cold in the mornings but warm enough to lose the jacket after the sun came up. We showed up completely ready for the notorious non-stop rain but really lucked out with only a couple drizzles.

dsc02545We moored at the Port of Kalama and the marina was super nice. The facilities were clean and they had fuel at the ramp which was really convenient and it was awesome to skip the lines to launch the boat.

Needless to say we weren’t the only boats on the water, and hog lines started around 7:00. We found one of our local’s “secret spots” and got lines in the water, using some Kwikfish and plug-cut herring to get things started.

With the perfect tide movement, our herring had the perfect spin and spirits were high. Constantly watching rod tips and the fish sonar, we waited to see if this trip would pay off.

dsc03020It wasn’t long after that the fishing was ON! We starting seeing streaks on the sonar and next thing we heard “FISH!!!”

Things started out hot and mellowed out a bit throughout the week. We netted a few springers each day and overall it was a great trip. We had the opportunity to test some of our newer products and made sure they would hold up to our ridiculously high standards of quality. Make sure to check out the image gallery from this trip and we’ll see you on the water!