Fishing Adventures

Chinook Salmon Fishing

Chinook salmon fishing season begins in April. The first salmon run of the year is spring Chinook, followed by summer and fall Chinook. Springer trout can be caught in Oregon’s Willamette and Columbia Rivers as early as January, with April being the peak month. We target Springer’s from mid-March through mid-May. From St. Helens to Oregon City, we fish the Willamette River, and from Astoria to Bonneville Dam, we fish the Columbia River.

Springers are the most sought-after salmon species because they enter our rivers when water temperatures are cold and don’t spawn until late fall, making them the most popular table fish of all salmon. They’re also exciting to catch and a gorgeous fish.

On our Willamette and Columbia River Springer trips, we fish from a spacious, comfortable, and safe powerboat that was built specifically for fishing these vast open waters. In fine weather, we run an open boat with the option of a top on cool days; we can comfortably seat 2 to 6 fishermen.

What do you need to bring?

  • Oregon fishing license and salmon tag with Columbia River endorsement
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Good rain gear

Chinook Fishing Rates 2023

  • $225 per guest
  • Make your trip exclusive by booking 4 guests

NOTE: If you book a party of 4 it is your exclusive boat. RRO reserves the right to fill seats on any trip that is booked with fewer than 4 guests.

Contact Tina to book your trip by phone 888-767-3144 or email us.


To be added to our cancellation contact list email us here. This way if we have a cancellation, we will contact you first before listing the date online again.

PLEASE NOTE: We gladly accept Visa and MasterCard, however, we charge a 3% transaction fee on all cards. You will be advised of this fee upfront before payment.

The weather is a big question sometimes in Oregon. Below is a link to what the current weather is in this area.

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“Without question, a spring Chinook is the most difficult salmon there is to catch. Spring salmon are also the best eating by tenfold. I make my living guiding but I always fish a couple of days a season in hopes of putting a Springer on my table.”

—Craig Hughson, Owner

Interested in Booking?

Contact Tina by filling out the below information or giving her a call at 888-767-3144. Check availability on the booking calendar page.

Chinook Salmon Form

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