Imagine for a minute a mountainous paradise where wind is tunneled through a local canyon and gorge, offering some of the best windsurfing opportunities along the Columbia River in Oregon. For the less experienced, lessons and tours are available for the enthusiastic windsurfer or boater.
Flowing through diverse terrain ranging from desert plateaus to temperate rainforest, the Columbia River offers year-round fishing adventures —giant-sized catches include walleye, steelhead, sturgeon, and multiple salmon species.
- Fish and Seasons: Chinook is known as the best-tasting salmon in the world. Peak seasons are March-May for spring Chinook and late August through September for fall Chinook. Columbia distributaries like the Multnomah Channel are prime spots for hooking Chinook, which average 12 to 30 pounds. Local sturgeon season runs all year; best times are February-May and October. Keepers run from 3-1/2 to 5 feet long and are great eating. Steelhead has both a summer and winter season, and walleye can be fished year-round. The Northwest values conservation, so anglers should check for up-to-date regulations with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
- Top Fishing Spots:
Multnomah Channel near Sauvie Island
The Lower Columbia near Rainier
Buoy 10 at the Columbia mouth
Licenses are easy to get from a Fish & Wildlife office, sporting goods store, or online. Many guided fishing trips are available. Precipitation is common and winds can be high, so visiting an outfitter before the trip is a good idea.