Salmon And Fall Chinook Salmon Fishing Information:
The ocean opens starting around the lst of July. We
can fish there through mid August for kings &
silvers. Buoy 10 opens August 1st & fishing usually
stays good through mid September.
Summer Ocean Salmon Fishing
During the months of July and August is prime time
for fishing both Chinook and Silver Salmon off the
North Oregon Coast. During this time the salmon are
moving along the coast following large schools of
bait. Herring, Anchovies, Candlefish and Sardine's
just to name a few.
These large schools of fish can provide heated
action of bright migrating salmon. Both Chinooks and
Silvers cruise the North Coast during these two
months. It is important to note that this is fishing
on the Ocean and safety is always the FIRST thing
considered each day in determining if the weather
and water condition are safe.
Billy uses his experience, Coast Guard reports and the
vast weather network from ocean buoy reports to
decide each day if the trip is a go! Once Billy
the conditions and forecast are right you may
experience some of the hottest salmon fishing
available in Oregon.
The silvers start in the early season averaging 5-7
pounds and just continue to grow and add weight
ending up with fish from 10-17 pounds in August.
These fish are in 24/7 feeding mood. Early in the
day you can find them normally close to the surface
feeding and when you troll through the schools it is
not unheard of to hook double/triples. The action
can be crazy as these fish cartwheel into the air
running from one side of the boat to another.
By State and Federal Regulation we are only allowed
to retain the hatchery fish for the limit of two per
person. We try to avoid when possible the native
schools in order to not harm the wild fish.
The Chinooks (Kings), are also found in good numbers
along the North Coast starting in July and building
each week as more fish pass the North Coast as they
migrate to the mouth of the Columbia River. By
August the Chinook fishing for those who know how it
works and where these fish stag can provide good
king fishing for several weeks. The fish can average
15-20 pounds with fish up to 40+ available. The
kings can be found on the surface but normally run a
little deeper then the silvers. Once hooked you
normally can tell the difference in the fight as the
kings can make long powerful runs. The are not as
fast as the silvers but they are one of the
strongest fish that swim the waters of the North
If your looking for ocean action Gale Force Guides
has the experience and knowledge of when and where
to be for these great summer salmon. But most of all
Billy knows when to say "folks we are not going
to the ocean today! Let's go catch and release a
bunch of Sturgeon!" Safety is always first!
Starting in August the famous Buoy 10 season begins.
It marks the annual return of both Chinook (King)
and Silver (Coho) Salmon to the Columbia River
Basin. These are the fish that return to the rivers
of Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
During this four to six week period all of the
salmon that are headed to these three states to
spawn pass by the Lower Columbia River! Returns
range from 800,000 too 1,400,000+ Salmon annually.
This is why this is a famous salmon fishing
Tides, weather/water conditions, water temperature
and schools of various types of bait effect the
schools of fish. Experience and working with a
network of fishermen for real time information helps
Billy locate fish and give you the
best chance at landing salmon.
From BiIly's 26' boat to the equipment and tackle
used fishing Buoy 10, Gale Force Guides has the
experience to always be at the top of the success
list during this season. From first time salmon
fishermen to experienced anglers this is the time to
be here. If you were to ask when is it prime time
for river salmon on the Columbia River this would be
Fall Chinooks: Columbia River, Nehalem bay and
Once the Chinooks start moving up the river leaving
the Astoria fishing grounds headed for the spawning
beds of Oregon, Idaho and Washington, Gale Force
Guides moves up river with them. We start fishing
the Longview area as soon as the conditions require
it. Some seasons in late August and sometimes in
This fishery is an anchor and sometimes troll
fishery. Fishing the deep slower water of the area
thousands of salmon pass by each tide giving us an
opportunity to land large King Salmon. We fish
wobblers mostly anchored in just the right groove.
The weather is normally warm and very comfortable
and the water conditions calm.
These salmon SLAM the wobblers and we regularly see
fish to 30 pounds and it is normal to see someone
catch fish 40+ pounds. These trips are great again
for any experience level and are very popular
because of the weather, water conditions and the
numbers of fish caught. If your wanting to get in on
this fishery always book early!
Nehalem and Tillamook Bay
Once the State closes the Columbia River for sport
fishing based upon the quota being reached, we turn
our attention to the Fall Chinooks staging in
Nehalem and Tillamook Bays waiting for the coastal
streams to fill with seasonal rains.
This is also a very special time. While there are
not the total numbers of salmon returning to these
areas there are plenty of fish. The special part is
these are the big ones. This is your best
opportunity to hook and hopefully land Chinook/King
Fall Salmon to 50+ pounds.
Gale Force Guides will fish these areas daily from
mid September until the rains hit in late October or
early November. Fishing the bays is also safe water
and a time where all experience levels can have fun
Once the rains hit and the rivers rise ending the
bay fisheries, the fishing does not stop. We
winterize and store the sleds and breakout the drift
boats. These trips are packed with Oregon tradition.
Drift boats were designed and first used on the
rivers and waterways of Oregon. Fishing 2-4 people
per boat our guides will ROW you down the scenic
North Coast Rivers or Oregon floating and fishing
for those same large Fall Chinooks that were in the
bays a few weeks before.
Fishing the Wilson, Trask, Nehalem and Necanicum
during the two month season ending December 31st, BiIly's experience and attention to detail can put you on salmon most
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