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Walleye Fishing is a Year Round Sport on the Columbia River
Columbia River Fishing Adventures are year-round walleye fishing guides offering guided walleye fishing trips in the Portland area as well as the Columbia River gorge. Many people have no idea that Walleye are among the best eating fish the northwest has to offer! Not only are they tasty these aggressive bitters are fun to catch. As a long-time fishing guide, I can honestly say there’s no fish I’d rather eat than walleye. Even better, we live in the heart of it all and catch and eat these delicious fish all the time and have been helping our clients do the same for years.
Walleye Fishing Guide in Rufus Oregon
Walleye fishing in Rufus Oregon is fun for the entire family for multiple reasons. First, walleye in Rufus are plentiful. It’s one of the best-kept secrets of the Columbia River that the area from Rufus Oregon downstream past Biggs Junction and Miller Island is some of the best walleye fishing in the Northwest. Walleye are fun to catch on the line, and kids of all ages get a thrill from hauling in numerous fish each day.
Second, the Walleye on the Columbia can get to trophy size. The largest walleye ever caught in Washington state was caught right here on the Columbia River. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also the location where the second largest walleye ever caught was hauled in. Since the Columbia bisects Washington and Oregon, it should be no surprise that the largest walleye ever caught in Oregon was caught on a tributary of the Columbia called the Umpqua River. Obviously, the Columbia River has one of the best walleye fishing to be had.
Third, walleye are fish that taste great, too. Having fished for walleye for two decades, I can tell you there is no fish I’d rather eat than walleye. That’s saying something, since the Columbia is also famous for Chinook, Silver, and Coho salmon. Don’t get me wrong, salmon tastes great too, but walleye are far more plentiful and when it comes to putting a spread on the table, walleye taste great and won’t disappoint.
Last but not least, is that there is no catch limit for your day of walleye fishing. It’s not uncommon for a guided fishing trip for walleye to haul in 50 fish or more in a single day! Such bountiful days don’t happen all the time, so manage your expectations — but the fact that it happens on a regular basis makes it routine for each angler to catch multiple walleye during your trip.
Your Salmon Fishing Fun Starts Here
The Columbia River is world-renowned for its rich salmon fishing. Rufus Oregon offers some of the most memorable fishing adventures for families and friends. Salmon fishing has predominantly taken over the fisheries on the Columbia River.
Spring salmon season in the Rufus area generally is offered during April and May. These spring chinook salmon are the cream of the crop for their nutritional values. They have a bold flavor, high Omega fat content and a buttery flakey texture.
Summer salmon season in the Rufus area generally is offered during June and July. Summer chinook salmon, also known as “June hogs” are a large species of Pacific salmon. Their flesh is also valued for its dietary nutritional content which includes high levels of important omega 2 fats as well.
Fall salmon season in the Rufus area generally is offered during August, September and October. Fall salmon is a delicacy food offering rich contents of protein and omega 3 fats.
There has been a significant shift in the geography of the Columbia River Basin Salmon production in the past 150 years. By one estimate, 88% of adult salmon returning to the Columbia River prior to the 1850’s originated above Bonneville Dam. By the 1980’s however, only 44% of adult returns to the Columbia River came from this portion from the Basin. Many factors have led to this striking change in the biography of the Pacific Northwest’s signature species, but federal river development and fisheries mitigation programs are undoubtedly two of the most important.
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