The vast Columbia River, mountain streams, wilderness lakes, reservoirs, ponds and rivers make for world class fishing in the Columbia River Gorge. Depending on what kind of fishing you’re after, virtually all water in the Gorge and surrounding area have fish of some sort. Chinook is the largest of all the salmon, reaching weights to over 50 pounds, which is why it is also commonly known as “King” salmon. Steelhead differ from salmon due to the fact they do not spawn and die. They are actually an ocean trout which can be caught in both the Columbia River and tributaries. White sturgeon fishing is available year round both from shore and boats on the mainstem Columbia River. Sturgeon are somewhat of a prehistoric creature and can get to an enormous size of up to 12 feet. Numerous ponds and lakes are home to smallmouth and largemouth bass along with rainbow trout. The Columbia River is also known for some of the best walleye fisheries.
No matter what kind of fishing you are doing in the Columbia River Gorge, it can be a rewarding experience, but don’t miss the boat to catch the royal fish of them all — the KING salmon!