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Columbia river fishing and cruising

Old 06-17-2018, 01:03 PM
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starting to plan a week long trip on the Columbia on my 27 Glacier Bay for this August. Would tow my boat to a suitable location and then head downstream. Any recommendations on where to start and end that would include some extended fishing time? Maybe around 200 miles or less.Or a good area to base out of? Any recommended cruising guides I should research? I a, not finding a lot on line other than what is in Active Captain.

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Old 06-20-2018, 03:34 PM
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Ummmm, no offense here, but why? I think you have about 88 river miles from the mouth to the first dam (Bonneville). Come August, you could be having a ton of fun chasing active schools of albacore 30-50 miles from Ilwaco/Astoria.
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:27 PM
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Follow the river to the ocean and keep going for 30 miles.

The best fishing on earth is NW albacore.

Lots of them reasonably close to shore, and they are hungry and dumb.

Not much competition and unlike a lot of places, the locals (me and my buddies) go out of our way to help out people from out of town and get you on fish.

Astoria Oregon has a couple marinas and lots and lots of breweries within walking distance of the transient slips.

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Ummmm, no offense here, but why? I think you have about 88 river miles from the mouth to the first dam (Bonneville). Come August, you could be having a ton of fun chasing active schools of albacore 30-50 miles from Ilwaco/Astoria.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion! Going after albacore did not even occur to me. My home waters are the San Juan’s so looking for something different. Will start researching that trip. Any thoughts on where to head from out of Astoria or illwaco?
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Ilwaco is the only way to go for fishing- Astoria is better for booze and food.

Closer to the ocean, live bait, and the Ilwaco Tuna Club for intel and free beer.
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:05 PM
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If you’re running a new 27’ GB, come on out to Westport a time or two. I’ll gladly show you the ropes if you’re interested. I’m already going to have my buddy’s 2685 in my slip in a couple of weeks, so you’ll need to keep her on the trailer or seek temp moorage. I have all the gear and love introducing folks folks to our fishery. Plus, they taste soooooo good! Caution - it’ll ruin you for salmon fishing.

I also have a few hundred hours behind the wheel of a couple cats.

There will be blood!!!
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Thanks, definitely on the list!
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Ilwaco is THE place to go! Me and my family have fished it for many years, both on our own boats and on the charters as well. You are already pretty late in the year for making reservations so don't doddle. As for doing a little research, search, "Ilwaco fishing", "Ilwaco Buoy 10", www.PortOfIlwaco.Com and Ilwaco Washington Visitor Information - Go Northwest! A Travel Guide

The posters above are absolutely correct about the tuna fishing. If you are going tuna fishing, plan ahead as to how you can carry lots and lots of ice, perhaps a couple large plastic barrels. Also plan on leaving a couple hours before daylight, it's great idea to simply follow the tuna charters out, they tend to know where the fish are.

A few years ago me, my father and my brother-in-law went as part of a group with the Puget Sound Anglers on a 50' charter, there were 11 of us and two skippers, went out 45 miles. I was the lucky one, I puked first (happens sometimes when I'm not running the boat - about half the boat had puked before we got out on the fish), caught the first fish, caught the largest fish and caught the most fish (14). The 11 of us caught 77 tuna. Do the math and start considering how many fish you might have to put on ice and how you might haul ice - such a plastic barrels.

Get your moorage lined up now. They have a great concrete ramp and a travel-lift at Ilwaco.

Good luck
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