Just 45 minutes east of Portland, Oregon, you will come to the town called Hood River. this is a city on Oregon’s side of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Some know Hood River, Oregon, for its famous orchards and vineyards. For others, it’s the windsurfing capital of the world.

But for me and many others, we know Hood River for the fishing it offers on the beautiful Columbia River.

What kind of fish are there around Hood River, Oregon?

Fishing around Hood River on the Columbia River offers all kinds of species of fish, including salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and walleye Of course, there are plenty of smaller fish, including smallmouth bass and crappie and seasonal runs of shad.

Hood River sturgeon fishing.

Sturgeon fishing around Hood River on the Columbia River is a year-round fishery. However, there is only a small season in January where you may retain a sturgeon. When fishing for sturgeon, make sure you check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the current season and regulations so you can keep yourself out of trouble. Or just ask if you’re planning to fish around Hood River with me because I keep up with all regulations.

Also, I offer popular late spring and early summer trips to catch giant sturgeon in The Dalles, which is a short drive east. from Hood River.

 Hood River Salmon fishing

Salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River near Hood River is also seasonal, but there often are opportunities for at least some spring, summer, and fall salmon fishing. The most popular salmon fisheries in the Gorge area are the spring Chinook, fall Chinook, and coho runs.

As with sturgeon, be sure to check current regulations to see when you’re able to harvest a salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River. Seasons for these fisheries are typically set mid-year and can change quickly, so you’ll need to stay on top of it if you’re not fishing with a guide because our job includes making sure clients are fishing legally.

There’s plenty of opportunity for bass and panfish around Hood River. The Columbia has a renowned fishery for smallmouth bass and hosts many large fishing tournaments. While these fisheries are open year-round, by far the best fishing for these species will be in the spring, summer, and early fall months, when the water is warmer.


People call Hood River the windsurfing capital of the world for a reason: wind will blow hard up here and make the Columbia River have wind chops up to 4 to 7 feet high. With wind chop like that, windsurfers from all over the world come to play on the Columbia River in the Hood River area every summer.

When the wind is blowing like that, it is a fisherman’s nightmare. So be careful and watch the forecast if you’re going to go out on the Columbia River near Hood River in a boat. While the wind can blow at any time, the first light often brings the calmest weather.

Wine tasting in the Gorge.

Maybe wine tasting is your thing. Then you may want to travel to where you can enjoy the taste of “Fruit Loop,” with over 40 wineries near Hood River. Apples, pears, cherries, peaches, and many other tree fruits also grow better here than almost anywhere in Oregon.

Check out the following article to learn more about sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River.

Learn more about Columbia River salmon fishing by clicking here.

Check out the National Weather Service’s forecast for the Hood River by clicking here.

The Columbia River Sturgeon season in the Hood River, Oregon area. Will open on January 1st, 2024. You may harvest a sturgeon with legal measurements on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays until the quota is met. Make sure you check the current regulations with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before you harvest a sturgeon.

Update: The 2024 catch and keep sturgeon season is closed, you may continue to catch and release sturgeon.



Three smiling anglers on the Marvin's Guide Service boat hold up chinook salmon they caught fishing in the Columbia River Gorge.

Happy clients holding salmon they caught on the Columbia near Hood River

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