It seemed like an eternity ago (January 20, 14) that I had busily made reservations for this fishing trip and now it was August…….we managed to get morrage for the boat which would not have happened if we had not gone up to Astoria right then and put in for it……….The attendant at the Marina could not assure us but said ” I’ll do my best, I should know for sure by July”………….I always hate to commit to camping spaces when I get an answere like that but none the less, I needed to make arrangements. All I could get on the weekends at the local state park was one night here then one night there and then 5 nights in a row……….. then the same thing for the next weekend, all that moving around……..grrrrrrr… since we were going to stay in this area for 2 weeks, I made one reservation at a private campground near by for 6 days in a row that they had left, but it would be packed in like sardines………the best I could do…….
Now , from the fishing reports coming in, the Coho salmon (Silvers) and Chinook salmon (King) were starting to come up the river………YES! They migrate back to the river that they left from and this year is supposed to be one of the best years with the most fish in history fighting upstream to get to their spawning spot (there are also tons of hatchery fish along with the wild ones) …..They are quite the creatures . No one has, of yet figured out how they know which river to come to and continue up stream to the tributary that they were born in………They are marvelous fish that grow to 50lbs or more and then die………Meanwhile, fisherman getting ready for this event and believe me , there are hundreds of people from all over the world that are in the Astoria , Or. area …..waiting…….waiting……until we get a shower or rain storm. They feel it on their noses and in they come with the tide…………….although they are not very hungry, you may catch one just because they become annoyed with that pesky lure going by them……keep your fingers crossed! All of a sudden , your pole tip goes down……..and the fight is on!! It really is one of the best experiences up there. On the other hand, it’s big water, meaning , you can barely see across in some places, along with deep shipping channel and choppy water, fog, wind,rain, shallow sand bars,waves that can come up the back and rollers! Alot of people get sea sick out there even though you are not technically in the ocean……..
After a couple of days of getting to know this part of the Columbia, we both lost a couple of fish but finally ended up with a good Chinook , about 33″, (you have to use barbless hooks on the Columbia)
All those fish will eventually go up stream (we check how many go over the Bonneville Dam) and we will be about 110 miles East from this spot the middle of Sept. trying for more of these plus walleye fishing for 2 weeks there……….
One evening we went into Astoria for some supper, and the town was sponsoring a regatta in the river for all the people to see……..nice time and good beer!