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Columbia River Walleye Fishing Heating Up!

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Columbia River Walleye Fishing Heating Up!

With the official start of summer just around the corner the walleye bite on the Columbia River is really starting to heat up. Water temps are now in the upper 50’s and walleye are feeding heavily as they feed on migrating juvenile salmon smolts heading to the ocean. We have been having success both pulling crankbaits, and fishing bottom walkers and worms. Our best bites the past few outings have been using crankbaits in color combinations that mimic downstream migrating salmon smolts. Any baits with chrome, blue, and purple hues to them have been getting consistently attacked by hungry walleye.

A major key to our success this year has been the use of inline planer boards. We like the yellow boards made by Offshore Tackle Company and we use them in conjunction with the tattle flag system. Trolling with planer boards lets us really expand the amount of water we cover, with our outside boards often 50 feet to the side of the boat we are covering over 100 feet of river from the outside board on the right side to the outside board on the left side. Another benefit to fishing boards is that it lets our baits fish out away from the influence of the boat. Fish that come in contact with our plugs on outside boards have no idea our boat is even in the area. Yet another advantage of fishing planer boards it the ability to run deep diving plugs on short set backs. Yesterday for example the fish really seemed to be keyed into a Bandit Walleye Deep, and by using a planer board to fish the lure to the side of the boat we were able to run them at 40 feet behind the board. This put our Bandits fishing at around 13 feet which was perfect for the active feeding walleye that were looking up from 15-19 feet of water.

The video included below is an example from some trout fishing earlier this year on how we set out our planer boards and the spread we get from using them.

Using planer Boards to Catch More Fish


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Columbia River Walleye Report

We started our 2020 walleye season last week on the Columbia River. To say that fishing started out hot was an understatement. Fishing was on fire! The beautiful spring weather has pre spawn Columbia River Walleye on the bite, and the box of fish we brought back to the landing last Thursday was one of the best we have seen in years. The fish this year are averaging a little bigger than the past few, and although we may be catching a few less the overall size is fantastic. If you are looking to break the magic 30 inch mark you need to do yourself a favor and give us a call.

All our fish were caught last week trolling crankbaits in 16-24 feet of water. Currently the large deep diving plugs such as the Bandit Walleye Deep, and the long extra deep Bay Rats are fishing well. We also did very well on Berkley Flicker minnows in the #11 size. For a detailed article on how we fish crankbaits early in the season click on the following link.

https://jonessportfishing.com/how-to-fish-for-columbia-river-walleye-crankbaits-when-where-why-and-how-to-take-your-walleye-game-to-the-next-level-part-1-winter-early-spring/

Fishing will continue to be very good for big fish over the next few weeks. The water temperature last Saturday was 41.5 degrees, so we still have a little ways to go before active spawning starts, at least in the mainstream Columbia. The Walleye spawn will kick off when water temps are between 45 and 50 degrees.

Our main focus will be on chasing Columbia River Walleye now through June, and into July. These are a great, excellent eating, and plentiful fish that are great for the entire family. If you are looking to learn this fishery booking a trip with us is a great way to shorten your learning curve, and we love helping people learn how to target these cool fish.


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Columbia River Walleye Fishing

We have been fishing hard over the past week and getting into plenty of action on the Columbia River for delicious Walleye! This year we are not catching the numbers of fish we have the past few years, but the overall size and quality of the fish this year is amazing, and we are putting plenty in the boat for guys to take home.

We are finding most of our fish in 20-25 feet of water. Our most successful presentation has been trolling crankbaits. For some reason the action of the cranks are just driving them crazy. We have been running a wide selection of colors, and have really just been playing with things as the day goes on to find the right combination.

Despite the changing conditions this year, I think this has been the most fun I have ever had Walleye fishing as it’s really making us think and execute to constantly put fish in the boat. The months of April and May have for the past few years been our absolute best time frame, so hopefully our good fortune continues over the next several weeks and we get to experience more of this great fishing.

If you are interested in fishing with us we still have plenty of open dates, and we would love the opportunity to earn your business.


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Columbia River Walleye

Columbia River Walleye Guides

At Jones Sport Fishing we have absolutely fallen in love with chasing tasty Walleye on the Columbia River. Our Walleye season starts in full force during the month of March, and we chase these fish hot and heavy all the way through July. The Columbia River is known both as a place to catch monster Walleye as well as large numbers of great eating size fish. On any given day you could find us pulling crawler harnesses, dragging crankbaits, vertically jigging, or casting swimbaits for these incredible tasty fish.

At Jones Sport Fishing we are full time fishing guides that pride ourselves on working hard to make sure we both put you on fish, and make your day as enjoyable as possible. We have years of experience and have assembled a great team of guides that all share our philosophy. We hope that after you book your first trip with us that you will come back for years of fishing fun. To Book your next Columbia River Walleye adventure give us a call at 208-669-1569 or click on the green Book Online button at the top of the page.

Thank You,

Kyle Jones


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Columbia River Walleye Report.

The water is high and the Walleye are on the bite. Water temp was 55 today and we had consistent fishing all day for 18-24 inch Walleye. These are great sized Walleye. Fishing will continue to be good all the way through June and we have lots of space open.

Our key to catching fish today was the exact method we wrote about here.


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Columbia River Walleye Fishing

We had another good day of Walleye action on the Columbia river today. We had two customers put a total of 15 Walleye and a few bass in the boat! We have openings for Walleye fishing on the Columbia through June.


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Columbia River Walleye Report

Today was a bad day to be a Columbia River Walleye or Smallmouth Bass. My self and a buddy hit the river for a few hours today before the wind blew up and had some great action. These fish were all caught on bottom bouncers and worm harnesses. We have openings this Monday and Tuesday to get in on some of this great Walleye fishing. Give our office a call at 208-669-1569 or Book Online Online at Jonessportfishing.com

If you want to know how we have been catching these fish check our our write up on How to catch Columbia River Walleye


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Columbia River Walleye Fishing Report

We had another good day of Walleye fishing today on the Columbia River. The water level has come up the past couple of days and the bite slowed just a little for us, but we still ended up with a good pile of fish in the cooler plus a few catfish as a bonus. We have Walleye trips open this week and next, plus lots of available dates during May and June. Get in touch with us now to get your Columbia River Walleye trips booked.


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Columbia River Walleye Fishing is Heating Up!

Had another great day chasing Walleye on the Columbia River. We ended up well into the double digits for 2 anglers. Most of our fish were 18-20 inches! Nothing beats these great eating Walleye. We have opening over the next two weeks and plenty of open dates in May and June. Get with Dani in our office at 208-669-1569 or Book Online.

Today all our fish were caught trolling worm harnesses. Our key was switching blade colors until we got it perfectly tuned in. For an article that describes exactly how we troll for Walleye click Here.


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Columbia River Walleye Fishing Report

Had a great start to our day today before the wind came up and blew us off the river. We had 6 fish in the box the first hour. All our fish were caught pulling worm harnesses on 3 oz bottom bouncers. We have lots of open dates for Walleye now – the end of June.