Oregon and Washington fisheries managers have now approved a 2024 Columbia River spring chinook fishing season that will be open every day through Friday, April 5.

The Columbia River Compact on February 21 adopted those dates as presented in a staff fact sheet, according to a report in Northwest Sportsman magazine.

It’s also fairly common for in-season changes as the fish actually return during the spring. At times, fish managers have reopened the fishery on the lower river, depending on the results of run size updates starting in May.

For now, I’ll be booking springer trips for the prime fishing days of March and early April on the Columbia River.

We also have the option of fishing the Willamette River, even after the Columbia closes. Fisheries managers are forecasting a fairly typical run on the Willamette.

By the way, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will allow anglers to use a two-rod endorsement on the Willamette River below Willamette Falls starting March 1. You can fish two rods for springers and most other fish, except not sturgeon. (The two-rod rule also will apply to the upper river starting May 1, according to ODFW.)

I offer spring salmon fishing trips on the Willamette River through June. Book your 2024 spring chinook fishing trip by clicking here. Or feel free to call or text me at 503-314-5087 and we can work together to set up the best possible experience for you and your group.



Happy woman with a salmon she caught fishing with Guide Marvin

Columbia River chinook salmon

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