This summer, there are hard to resist summer fishing opportunities that center on really big runs of really big silver-sided salmon and steelhead. Don’t pass this summer by – head outdoors and go fishing in Oregon’s rivers and estuaries where the cry is often heard: “Let’s Go Fishing.”

Oregon fishing guide Bob Rees (Bob Rees Fishing) said he often feels like a modern day version of the Lewis and Clark Expedition when he leads his angling crews across the broad shouldered Columbia River. He loves to explore the river for new places to catch salmon and steelhead; especially in the lower river – just upstream from Astoria – a stretch of water that’s marked by islands, sloughs and backwater channels.

The Columbia River summer steelhead is fabulous with a forecast run size of nearly 400,000 fish and the run doesn’t begin until early July. Bank anglers have done really well this summer fishing season too.

In fact, if you’re interested in taking some time out from the hurry and hustle-bustle of daily life, find a stretch of sand at places like Dibblee Beach on the Columbia River near Rainier, Oregon.

It is an exciting summer to try Columbia River fishing that’s for sure, but it’s not the only game in town. There’s a surprising summer salmon return that’s bringing mile-wide smiles to anglers who venture across Tillamook Bay.

For more information on Summer Steelhead fishing, visit: /Seasonal-Offerings/Summer-Steelhead-Fishing.aspx

about author Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.


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  1. kevin says…

    Let’s see a picture of that fish on the grill!

    Written on July 1st, 2011 / Flag this Comment
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