Buddy Shaw jetted up the Clearwater River from Lewiston, ID last Wednesday with his 4-year-old son and they teamed up for this sweet 26-pound spring Chinook.
Buddy said that he got his plunking rig (a Spin-N-Glo and a tuna ball) out into the water and then had to help Jr. with the Call of Nature in the woods. When they came back, the rod was pegged and he set up on the nice king. After a 20-minute battle, dad realized that he was going to have a tough time fighting and netting the fish at the same time so he talked the little man through the process. Obviously, the kid did a great job!
For his efforts, Buddy is entered into our Hawg of the Month of the Contest, in which he has a shot at winning some Pautzke’s gear. Should he advance to the Hawg Bowl Playoffs later this year, Buddy could win a fishing trip for two with Bill Swanny Swann of Swanny’s Fishing. For his work with the net, Jr. better be invited on that trip!
I know, the Columbia’s springer season was pretty much a bust this year… but it’s not officially over yet! The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife announced today that the Lower Columbia River reopens for marked hatchery Chinook on Friday, April 8 and will remain open through April 15.
The initial season, which opened March 1 and closed April 4, was marred with poor river and weather conditions that made fishing tough. As of Monday, approximately 3,820 upriver chinook remained on the catch quota of 7,750.
“Given the available fish remaining on the harvest guideline, we believe at least an additional eight days are available to give fishermen a chance to catch the upriver chinook quota,” said Chris Kern, ODFW’s assistant Columbia River fisheries manager. Click here to read more…
Though spring Chinook salmon fishing on the Columbia River has been a bit spotty of late due to stained water conditions, Craig Hultgren of Kelso, Washington (and fellow Humboldt State grad) was able to put this fine piece of barbecue fodder in the box recently.
Craig is now entered into our March Hawg of the Month Contest in which he has a chance to win some cool new headgear from the Pautzke Bait Co. If he advances, he will get to compete in the Hawg Bowl Playoffs at the end of the year and maybe, just maybe win a trip with Bill Swann of Swanny’s Guided Fishing. Click to ENTER
The arrival of spring Chinook salmon in the Columbia River is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s early yet, there are definitely some fish around, as proven by this one caught Weds near I-5 by Buzz Ramsey (r) and friend/guide Eric Linde.
They hooked a second fish, too, but it was grabbed by a marauding sea lion. Both fish were hooked using a Fish Flash (chartreuse) and plug-cut herring combination on the downstream troll.
Well, here’s the news you’ve been waiting for…the seasons have been set for the 2011 Columbia River spring Chinook fishery and, well, things aren’t looking as rosy as they were this time last year.
The seasons are based on a forecast of 198,400 returning upriver springers. Under fishery agreements with Columbia River treaty tribes, Washington and Oregon adopted a 30-percent early-season run size buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 7,750 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam.
Here’s a closer look at the new regs…Click here to read more…