What is the best time of year and place for salmon fishing?
In Oregon salmon run almost year around on one river or another.
First are spring Chinook; they start in March but the best fishing is April and May on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and May and June in Tillamook Bay.
June also has some good summer Chinook fishing in the Columbia.
Next is the fall run on the Columbia, the best fishing in August and early September in Astoria and then closer to Portland later in September.
Fall Chinook inter all the coastal bays in September and last until November.
November and December we do well in the coastal rivers.
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teri parsons says…
would like to do some halibut/salmon fishing while in Oregon – staying in yachats in early September. where is the best to fish from and whats available that time of year?
Is salmon fishing still good the mid part of September?
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