Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Fishing Report 7/12/17

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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Fishing Report 7/12/17

Fishing on the Upper Columbia continues to be very good. We were on a hot bite this morning hooking 6 and landing 2 nice keepers by 7 am. After 7 the bite slowed down. We picked up another nice keeper and lost several more before we called it a day at noon. These fish are still in amazing shape and cut very well.  We have 3 seats open tomorrow, and open boats for Friday and Sunday.  Get in touch with us now at our office phone 208-669-1569 to get your trips booked. We also have lots of open space the last two weeks of July. For more information on our Upper Columbia Summer Chinook season click Here

Also we are taking booking for our Astoria Fall Chinook trips in August, Columbia Gorge Fall Chinook trips and Hanford Reach Fall Chinook trips in September and October. Check out the Book Online Tab at Jonessportfishing.com


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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Fishing Report 7/10/17

Fishing continues to be very good for Chinook on the Upper Columbia near Brewster, Washington.  We have been having great success on Brads Superbaits in both the mini cutplug and the Original Superbaits.  These fish are great on the table and are loaded with fat. The limit is 2 adult Chinook. We have openings for 3 anglers on Wednesday, open boat Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. We also have openings throughout the month.


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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Report 7/3/17

We had a fantastic evening of fishing out of Beebe Bridge yesterday!  We hooked a total of 10 kings in 4 hours.  That was 10 fish that were actually out of the rod holder hooked up, with 17 takedowns. This fishery is just going to get better! We have openings this upcoming Friday and Saturday as well as throughout the entire month of July. We are running a morning full day trip and an evening half day. Give us a call or text at 208-861-0654 or our office at 208-669-1569 to set up your trip.

For more information on our Summer Salmon  trips click here


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7/22/16 Upper Columbia River Summer Chinook Fishing Report

Fishing was a little slower today, but we still managed to have a great day on the water. Again our fish were caught with Brads Superbaits in both the cut plug and miny cut plug. Best colors today were “Watermelon” in the mint and “Wonderbread” in the cut plug. Lots of thunderstorms rolling throgh the area caused for some difficult fishing conditions today.

I still have openings for full boats on the 29th, 30th, and 31st of July and then it’s off to Astoria for Fall Chinook and Coho!

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7/21/16 Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Fishing Report

We continue to have a great season chasing Summer Chinook on the Upper Columbia River.  Today as well as the past few days our fish came trolling Superbaits behind Pro Troll and Leo Flashers.   We got bit on three separate Superbaits today as well as a #5 copper custom spinner. Our winner Superbaits today were “Hotter Tomale” and “Rotten Banana” in the original series and the “Seahawk” in the cut plug miny 3.0.  We have been stuffing our Superbaits with canned tuna packed in oil.  We are often mixing our tuna with various scents such as Super Dipping Sauce, but today all but 2 of our bites came on tuna directly from the can.  For a great video of how we rig our Superbaits Click Here

We had a very good bite going this morning that really tapered off after the sun got high on the water, so if you are looking for success start early in the morning and fish hard until noon or so.

I still have dates open for this great Summer Fishery.  July 26-31st are completely open for full boats.  After the end of July I head out to the Oregon Coast at Astoria for Fall Chinook and Coho at the mouth of the Columbia River near Bouy 10. We still have available dates in Astoria as well so get in touch with us now and book your next salmon fishing trip.

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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook

7/10/16 Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Fishing Report

Fishing for Summer Chinook continues to be good on the Upper Columbia River.  Today we fished out of Chelan Falls near the Beebe Bridge. This is a great area for Chinook as there are a lot of hatchery fish to be found because of the releases into the Chelan River. We hooked a total of 5 fish today. Our hookups came on both Superbaits and Flashers and a custom copper spinner.  Our winning superbait colors today were “Rotten Banana” in the original series, and “Signal Light” in the cut plug miny.  We stuff our Superbaits with tuna mixed with a few of the Super Dipping Sauces. Today’s hot scent was the Anis / Krill.

Our highlight of the day was this 25 pound Chinook that absolutely crushed our gear and ran off 200′ off the line counter.

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We still have openings over the next two weeks!  Get in touch with us now to book your Summer Salmon Fishing trips!  Click here for more information

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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook Trip Photos

I just wanted to take this chance to share with everyone some great photos some customers of my took the other day on one of our summer Chinook fishing trips.  We had a great time on the water and as the photos show this is a great experience!  Hope you enjoy


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Upper Columbia Summer Chinook and Sockeye Report

We started our Upper Columbia Summer Chinook and Sockeye season this past week and fishing did not disappoint.  We are offering Summer Chinook and Sockeye combination trips.  The past few days have we have been landing 4-6 Chinook in the morning and then filling up the cooler with tasty sockeye after the Chinook bite has slowed down.  For Chinook we are getting our fish trolling Super Baits stuffed with Tuna and fished behind a Pro Troll Flasher or the new Leo Flashers.  Our most successful color patterns have been the Hotter Tamale, and Rotten Banana Supper Baits.  These are both in the original series.  We have also been getting several fish each day fishing whole herring dyed bright Chartreuse.

We have openings this Thursday and Friday, as well as 2 seats open on Saturday.  We also have availability the next two weeks during the week.  This is a great summer time fishery!  Limits are 2 adult Chinook and 3 sockeye!  Give us a Call at 208-861-0654 to get your trip booked.

 

Columbia River Spring Chinook

Columbia River Summer Chinook

 

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Brewster Sockeye

How To Fish Columbia River Sockeye

The month of July often finds us fishing the Upper Columbia River in the Brewster Pool for Sockeye Salmon. Columbia River Sockeye Salmon average between 19-24 inches. What they lack in size they more than make up on the dinner table. Columbia River Sockeye Salmon are some of the finest tasting fish that swim in the Columbia River, and at times they can also provide outstanding fishing action. When Sockeye action is good quick limits of delicious fish are the norm! While these fish may seem easier to catch than their larger Chinook cousins, there are some specific tackle rigging and fishing differences that separate the guys that catch some from the guys who “Smack Em.” This article is designed to give you the information and gear selection that we use in our professional guide business to put consistent catches of Sockeye in our boats day in and day out. There are as many different set up as there are anglers out there, and this is not an end all be all approach to fishing Columbia River Sockeye, but simply our method for putting our customers on fish. Keep in mind that we live by the “keep it simple” approach and find that by not over complicating our rigging and gear we are able to focus more on actually putting our boats in the best position possible to catch fish.

Set up

Rods: Gloomis E6X  1143-2C STR This is a great 9’6″ casting rod that also doubles as our preferred steelhead plug rod in the Sled.  The little bit longer length gives us a little more spread in our set up.

Reels: Shimano Tekota 300 LC

Line: 25# Mono

Our set up starts by running the 25# mono through a sinker slider followed by a small bead to act as a bumper between the slider and the knot.

We tie this off to a 6 ball bead-chain swivel.

Attach a duo lock snap to the bead-chain so that the open end is toward to terminal gear ( this makes breaking down, and storing rods easier)

For the dodger lead we use 40# mono with a barrel swivel on one end and a Duo Lock Snap on the other.  We like our dodger leads to be 36″ long.

For Dodgers we mostly use the 8″ Double D Dodger from Mack’s Lures or the 11″ Sling Blade dodger from Shasta Tackle,.  Attached to our dodgers we run 8-24 inches of 40# mono for our leader.  The reason for the very heavy mono leader is that we want to be able to impart as much action as possible to our lure from the dodger and the heavy line helps this.  Also these fish tend to twist and spin an awful lot and when you are into 30/ day its nice to know you don’t need to check your leaders for abrasion.  We just re bait and drop em back out.

On the business end of our leaders we run two different set ups.  The first includes a .8 inch Mack’s Smile blade, 2 4mm beads, and a #4 Gamakatsu 2x strong red treble hook.  The addition of the single treble hook increased out hook to land ratio from a dismal 30-40% to almost 85%.  Its been that effective.  The other leader set up we use is just the same leader to nothing more that a #4 treble hook.  On both of these setups we bait up with coon shrimp.  To learn how we cure our coon shrimp click here .  We find that some days the fish want the rig with the Smile Blade and other days they just want the plain coon shrimp, but no matter what the main key to this is our coon shrimp.

To watch a video on how we set up our gear Click Here

 

Fishing

When fishing this set up in the Brewster Pool we troll at a speed between .8 and 1.4 MPH on our GPS.  This is pretty much going as slow as we can go.  Keep in mind that when trolling with the current you will carry a little more speed since the current is helping to push you along.  One trick we use is to really watch that speed and vary how fast we are going by kicking the throttle in and out of gear.  This also imparts a slight jigging action to our terminal gear.

The depths we fish vary between 8-30 feet.  To figure out where the fish are we pay close attention to our sonar and stagger our depths until we find the fish.  We commonly fish our set up between 12 – 30 feet on our line counter reels.  One tip I would like to share is that when you find some fish stay on them.

As in many salmon fisheries Brewster can be a very busy place.  If you are expecting a quiet fishing experience with few other people around then this is not your type of fishery.  Please have patience and when things get crowded and busy just remember that we are all out there for the same reason.  This is a place that I love to fish and I know many others do a well, if we are able to keep a cooler head out there it makes it much more enjoyable for everyone.

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Hanford Reach Fall Chinook

How to rig a Superbait and Leo Flasher

Its no secret that over the last few years Brad’s Superbaits, both the Original Series and the Cut Plug have become a very integral part of the Northwest salmon fishing scene.  This has come as no surprise to many of the anglers that have been fishing these lures on the Columbia River east of the Cascades since they were invented.  The reason Superbaits have become so popular is that they are extremely effective in almost any salmon fishing application.  I have used them with great success in every salmon troll fishery from Astoria to Brewster.  Over the past few years I have come to realize that anywhere a herring is effective a Superbait will also catch fish, and often out fish herring.  With unlimited color options and the ability to always be fishing (a Superbait never blows out or gets ripped off), combined with great action and proven in a wide range of water temperatures and run timings, if you are not fishing Superbaits you are missing the opportunity at more fish.

In the last year one of the most exciting developments in this style of fishing has been the introduction of the LEO Flasher by.  The Leo Flasher is a game changer because one of its great features and selling points is that it functions as BOTH  an inline flasher, and as a rotating flasher eliminating the need to purchase flashers that only do one or the other.  The other great thing about this flasher is that it will perform the rotating flasher role at a slower speed than other leading flashers.  This translates into being able to use the flasher in more situations.  One area I found this to be true was the anchor fishery in the Clarkston area of the Snake River for Spring Chinook.  Here we did not have quite enough current to be able to keep our herring spinning utilizing a traditional inline flasher, but when I decided to try the LEO its ability to complete its rotation at a slow current speed imparted enough action on my herring that I was able to get the spin and action needed to catch fish.  As a full time fishing guide with guiding as my sole income to provide for my family I am always on the lookout for products that help me put fish in the boat on a day to day basis throughout the season.  Brad’s Superbaits and LEO Flashers are two products that help me to accomplish this goal, and you will see them in my boat everyday.

Below you will find a detailed description on how I rig my Superbaits and LEO Flashers for Trolling.

Mainline: 50# Power Pro braided line 

Lead: 6-20 oz cannon ball sinkers connected on a slider with a 6 inch section of .035 spinner wire in between the slider and the lead.  The purpose of this is to help eliminate tangles between the flasher lead and the cannon ball, and also helps the user feel for the bottom when trying to fish in areas where we are keeping our gear just off the bottom.

Flasher Lead: 24 inches of 50# Berkley Big Game (use a different color than your leader to help identify which is which when a tangle does occur)

Leader: 36-44 Inches of  40# Berkley Big Game

Hooks: #2 Gamakatsu 2x strong treble hook followed by 2 #2/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks tied an inch apart 4 inches behind the treble hook.  Set the treble hook so it rides inside the hook garage of the Superbait and the two singles riding just behind the Superbait.

To Watch a video on how we set up this system please check out How to Rig a Super Bait and Flasher Video!

I almost always stuff my Superbaits with Tuna.  For information on how I do up my tuna Concoctions click HERE.

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