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Oregon and Washington fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Bass, Walleye, Shad, trout and many other popular species is better than ever as every year produces more record returns and better runs. Fish management and catch and release practice by many anglers is making the chance of getting a world or state record fish more likely than ever. Oregon and Washington fishing is dedicated to bring you information about the fishing opportunities here in the Northwest. We offer links to resorts, campgrounds, RV Parks, Oregon fishing guides and Washington fishing guides, charter boats, sight seeing cruises, and how to tips and articles on how to catch more fish and how to enjoy the catching more.

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How to use a Kwikfish
to catch the big Chinooks

     Kwikfish can be fished with out weight if the hole isn't to deep 8ft or less. When fishing deeper holes back bouncing and divers can added to create more depth from the lure.
Salmon hit this rig with a vicious strike in fast current. In slower pools and tide areas the bite can be slow and steady. A sardine fillet is wrapped on the underside of the Kwikfish. Sardines are use because of their high oil content. Scent pads can also be stuck to the underside of the Kwik fish and saturated with sardine oil.. Your fillet should be changed often, at least every hour or so. The sardine rap is not mandatory for this set up, but can really make the difference from a slow day to exceptional fishing.
     Kwikfish come rigged with two triple hooks. The center hook should be remove and replaced with a bead chain swivel between hook and plug hook eye. This will help prevent hook pull outs when the Salmon rolls up in the line twists causing the back hook to work against the front hook. Also replace the triple hooks with large sized quality hooks that are sticky sharp.

  • To fish this set up moving through a hole

  • Position boat on current seam

  • Boat needs to go slower than the downstream current

  • Drop sinker to bottom

  • Lift sinker up as you drift down stream

  • Drop sinker again to bottom

  • Repeat until you run out of fishing hole or FISH ON!!!!!!

You can also Plunk this rig from a boat if you know the slot where the salmon must travel to go upstream. Make sure you increase your dropper line on the sinker when plunking to 4 -5 ft. Anchor boat upstream from slot where fish travel.
Let lines out. Just sit and wait for the tide to bring in a fresh run of fish. Thanks to Erik Brigham for the above fishing tip.


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The most popular fish

  • Salmon: Common types of salmon are chinook, king, sockeye, red, coho, silver, chum, dog, pink, humpy, upriver brights, Atlantic Salmon, and fall chinook.

  • Sturgeon: The most well known are the white sturgeon, green sturgeon, trophy sturgeon and keeper sturgeon.

  • Steelhead: The winter run (winterrun) and summer run (summerrun) steelies make steelhead fishing a year 'round event.

  • Shad: Shad runs peak during the month of June on the Columbia River and the Willamette River. Watch the Bonneville dam fish counts to see when Shad are running.

  • Bass: Catch smallmouth bass, smallies, largemouth, striped bass, and other warmwater species in warmer areas of Central Oregon, and rocky shorelines of the Columbia, Willamette Snake and various other popular northwest rivers. The John Day and Umpqua rivers are popular for bass fishing and boast catch rates of over 100 bass a day during peak months.

  • Walleye: Walleye (wall-eye) angling has become more popular in recent years here in the Northwest. Record catches of huge Walleye have been recorded in the mid Columbia River areas near Biggs, Rufus, Umatilla and in the Columbia Gorge.

The most popular places to fish

  • Columbia River from the mouth where it flows into the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Canadian border in the Roosevelt Lake stretch and all spots in between like Umatilla River, the Hanford reach area, Buoy 10, Westport, Astoria, Bonneville dam, Vernita bridge, the Dalles, Hood River, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington,

  • Tillamook Bay area is very popular for fall chinook and huge king salmon from August through November. Salmon weighing over 50 lbs. are not uncommon in the fall and lots run well over 20 and 30 pounds. Oregon Coast Water Levels

  • Buoy 10 is one of the most popular fisheries. Limits of cohos are caught here every day. Lots of boats of every kind and every rig imaginable. There are plenty of RV parks in the area and boat launches as well as fishing guide services. If catching lots of fresh salmon is what you like to do best fish Buoy 10 and see why everybody who has ever fished here returns every year. Buoy 10 Reports & Coastal Conditions

  • Umpqua River offers better fishing and less traffic. Salmon, sturgeon and bass populate the Umpqua River. Fish the North Umpqua or the South Umpqua and enjoy endless days of action from dawn to dusk with of action and often very little competition for space.

  • Snake River is home to all popular breeds of fish but one of the most popular is the trophy sturgeon fishing where some of the largest sturgeon found anywhere are caught and released.

  • Central Oregon is home to rivers and lakes and trophy trout fishing, Kokanee, trout, brown trout, Mackinaw and rainbow trout fishing that is extremely good. State record brown trout are caught at Paulina Lake, state record lake trout are caught at Lake Odell, giant bull trout and rainbows are caught at Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus and trophy trout are often landed at Crane Prairie. Other popular Central Oregon Lakes are Crescent Lake, Wickiup Reservoir and East Lake.

  • Willamette River is host to runs of Shad, good sturgeon fishing, walleye and smallmouth bass fishing. Take scenic trips up and down this popular waterway on huge jet boats that hold over 100 passengers. The Willamette is most commonly fished from below the falls at Oregon City and Milwaukee, Oregon, past the Clackamas River to the Columbia River near St. Helens and across the river from the mouth of the Lewis river.

  • Puget Sound: Clean fresh northwest air and lots of salmon fishing opportunities.

  • Pacific Ocean: Halibut, Tuna, deep sea fishing, bottom fishing and charter boats offer full day and half day trips for every type of fish you could imagine.

  • coastal rivers and streams of the Tillamook Bay region such as the Wilson, Trask and Siletz rivers are home to fabulous salmon fishing, crabbing and steelhead.

  • Lewis River is popular for salmon and steelhead and usually offers action all year long.

  • Cowlitz River in SW Washington is always a great place to angle for lots of steady action. The Cowlitz also offers some great boat launches.

great RV parks and camping spots

  • charter boat services are available up and down the West Coast for the Pacific Ocean bottom fishing, halibut, cod, deep sea bass, Salmon and more types of underwater delicacies than we could ever list here.

  • fishing guides offer their services in rivers, streams and lakes throughout Washington and Oregon. Usually all tackle is provided but often they will allow you to use your own rods and reels if you prefer. choose from half day trips, full day trips, or adventures that last a week and longer and include all meals and lodging.

  • outfitters offer excursions into the wilderness and often by horseback or mountain lakes and trails. Often fishing and hunting outfitters will offer trips that take visitors to hidden secret high mountain lakes lunkers lurk.

  • fishing licenses and tags are usually are items you will have to provide yourself. Click Here to mail order your Oregon fishing license or Click Here to buy your Washington fishing license on the Internet.

  • resorts and cabins are located all over the Pacific Northwest. There plenty of places to camp, cabins to rent and luxury resorts as well as very old and rustic log cabins in the woods and the forests and beside lakes and rivers. Reservations are always important so check to see if there are openings before heading into the forests as many holidays and weekends are sold out long in advance.

  • RV parks which are both privately owned and state owned are scattered up and down the Pacific coast, in the snow capped mountains and along shorelines of popular rivers and lakes. You can get full hook up sites and some even come with phone connections, Internet connections, Satellite hookups, cable TV, full showers, restrooms, playgrounds, swimming areas and laundry facilities.

  • camping or tent camping is one of the most popular ways for campers to see the forests through the trees as remote campgrounds are located in places that normally cannot be accessed by vehicles. Some primitive campsites are on islands or high up hidden hiking trails.

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tips and how to articles

  • tips and how to articles: How-to-fish.com lists articles on how to fish and how to catch fish, as well as many popular fishing methods and techniques.

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