Upper Columbia River Summer Chinook Report

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Upper Columbia River Summer Chinook Report

We continue to have fantastic fishing on the Upper Columbia River near the Brewster and Pateros areas. These fish are in great shape and cut just as well as most Spring Chinook!  Yesterday was particularly great. We lost track on the number of fish hooked and we landed 4 great hatchery fish along with releasing a few wild fish for two customers. Next week is our last opportunity for Summer Chinook for the year before we switch gears and head to Astoria to start our Fall Chinook and Coho season at the famed Buoy 10 fishery.

Our last chance available seats for Summer Chinook are: Monday 7/24 open boat, 7/25 open boat, 7/26 2 seats open, 7/27 2 seats open. We also have 4 hour evening trips open all the previous dates as well. Give our office a call at 208-669-1569 or Book Online at Jonessportfishing.com


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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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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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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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Coon Shrimp

How to Cure Coon Shrimp for Steelhead and Salmon Fishing

Coon shrimp and specifically cured and dyed coon shrimp are a staple in our bait cooler.  They are our bait of choice for both Sockeye Salmon and Summer Steelhead, and we often use them for  Spring, and Summer Chinook.  Many anglers are confused at how to go about processing their own coon shrimp, but luckily we have many over the counter ready to mix cures and brine’s that help make curing coon shrimp a consistent and easy process.  This is a very simple process, and if you have ever cured your own salmon roe you can cure coon shrimp.  Most of the available commercial egg cures will also do a fantastic job of curing coon shrimp.

Ingredients:

Pro-Cure Egg Cure (original double red hot stuff)

Frozen Coon Shrimp ( make sure you buy good quality Shrimp)

Rock Salt

Freezer bag

Pro-Cure Slam-ola powder

Scents ( the sky is the limit here but my favorite are the line of Super Dipping Sauce.)

how to cure coon shrimp

How to cure coon shrimp

Step 1: 

Fill your freezer bag with approximately 3 inches of Coon Shrimp

 

Step 2: 

Add enough cure to get a good covering of the Coon Shrimp ( 1/2 cup of cure is a good starting point)

 

Step 3:

Add 1 tea spoon of Slam-ola Powder

 

Step 4:

Refrigerate at a minimum overnight.  Your Shrimp can be fished as early as the next day, but you will get a better result by letting them cure for 3 days.

 

Step 5:

Add 1 cup rock salt.  I do this after 3 days of curing.  Adding the Rock Salt is optional, but it will toughen up you shrimp very well.  We often use Coon Shrimp for side drifting Steelhead in Hell’s Canyon and this step gives us a very durable bait.

 

Coon Shrimp

Coon Shrimp

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Astoria Fall Chinook

How to Tuna Wrap a Plug

It’s no secret that we use a lot of different canned tuna concoctions while targeting Chinook salmon through the year.  One of the biggest advantages we have is that we fish for Chinook from March – October every year starting with Spring Chinook, then Summer Chinook, and finally rounding out our salmon season with Fall Chinook.  This 7 month season give us the advantage in truly being able to dial in our baits to match the situations we are presented with.  Over the course of our 7 month salmon season we target fish with many different baits and lures, but there is one item that can always be found in our boat, canned tuna.  One of our favorite ways to use tuna is to wrap it onto plugs such as the Maglip by Yakima Bait.  The following video will show you just how we go about turning our tuna concoctions into a great bait wrap.

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