Fishing Trips

SPRING CHINOOK

March through early June we target Spring Chinook,  starting on the Columbia River near Portland in late March and early April then following the fish up river to the Columbia Gorge, John Day Dam and finally ending up on the Snake River sometime early to mid may. These are the Kobe Beef of the Salmon world.  In our opinion no other salmon species are as good on the table as Columbia River Spring Chinook.  Most Spring Chinook average between 10-15 pounds with fish over 20 pounds being considered large.

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Columbia River Spring Chinook

Columbia River Spring Chinook.

SUMMER CHINOOK AND SOCKEYE

Come Late June, July and early August we can be found fishing the Upper Columbia between Tri-Cities, Washington and the town of Brewster, Washington.  Summer Chinook are commonly called June hogs and are known for their size and incredible strength.  During this time of year we often have great numbers of Sockeye available. What these fish lack in size they more than make up for as table fare.   We often catch both Chinook and Sockeye on the same trip.  This is a fantastic fishery and we can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than fishing the Columbia River for Summer Chinook and Sockeye Salmon.

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Sockeye Salmon

A limit of Sockeye from the Brewster Pool.

Astoria/Buoy 10 Fall Chinook and Coho

Starting August 1st, and continuing until the end of the month, we turn our attention to the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria. Oregon.  This is the famed Buoy 10 fishery!  There is nothing quite like the pull of a 20+ pound Chinook ripping line out on a hell bent run back to the Pacific Ocean.  To say that these fish are fresh is an understatement!  The fish you hook up with most likely just came into the river from the big pond on the last incoming tide.  This is an exciting fishery that is on many people’s bucket list, and is one of our most favorite fisheries of the entire year.  Bring the family out for a vacation on the coast, while you sneak out for some of the finest salmon fishing in the world.

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Buoy 10 Fall Chinook

Jones Sport Fishing LLC customers with a limit of Chinook Salmon from the Astoria, OR area.

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

Often referred to as “The Reach,” this area of the Columbia River is the last “Free Flowing” section of the Columbia River and is home to some of the absolute best spawning habitat left in the main stem Columbia River.  This is where many of the fish we were targeting at Astoria are heading.  The Hanford Reach is where these fish will finally stop moving and hold up before they start to spawn.  We target “The Reach” starting the second week of September and fish here through the second week of October.  We often catch some of our biggest fish of the year here as the big males start to get aggressive in anticipation of spawning.  This is an action packed fishery targeting big Chinook in the desert of Eastern Washington.

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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

 

Snake River Steelhead

We target Snake River Steelhead in the lower end of Hells Canyon focusing on the river from Asotin, Washington to the Oregon State line.  This is a fantastic fishery in which we see 10’s of thousands of Steelhead and Fall Chinook migrate through on their way to spawning grounds in countless tributaries in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.  The Snake River is the Steelhead highway of the west and we put you smack dab in the middle of it.  We often see 10+ fish days during the months of October, November, December, January, and February.  We love to side drift and give you the opportunity to have a quality “hands on” Steelhead Fishing experience.   We would love the opportunity to share this awesome fishery with you!

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Snake River Steelhead

Nice B Run Snake River Steelhead.

 

Sturgeon

We offer two different types of Sturgeon fishing trips, catch and release for large oversize fish in the 6-11 foot range on the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon and fishing for the smaller keeper size fish on the Columbia and Lower Snake Rivers.  Both of these trips are an absolutly fantastic way to spend a day on the water that is great for fisherman of all ages and skill levels.

We spend most of our time with catch and release sturgeon fishing targeting the huge fish that call Hell’s Canyon home.  We fish the lower end of the canyon around the Heller Bar area.  We often catch these fish in the 10′ range and have even landed fish larger than that.  It is not uncommon for us to land 5-6 fish /day that are larger that 5 feet.  This is truly a special fishery and battling these monsters is something that every fisherman should experience at least at some point in their life.  We typically run these trips from April-July.

For keeper sized sturgeon we primarily focus on two locations, John Day Dam and the Hanford Reach.  Both of these areas have very abundant sturgeon populations that allow for us to harvest fish on a quota basis.  Most of our fishing in the John Day Dam area is done as a combination trip along with Spring Chinook Fishing.  We typically fish for Spring Chinook in the morning and then target Sturgeon in the afternoon.  The other area we target keeper Sturgeon is the Hanford Reach.  This is the last free flowing section of the Columbia River and offers outstanding sturgeon fishing.  While in this area we often catch all different sizes of fish ranging from 20 inches to 11 feet.  We average about a keeper sturgeon per boat in these fisheries.  These keeper trips area great for families as the action can be non stop all day catch and releasing fish looking for the 423-54 inch keepers.

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Snake River Sturgeon

Snake River Sturgeon