Wind River Fishing Guides

Wind River fishing guides troll for limits of Salmon on one of the very popular Columbia River tributaries in the Northwest. Salmon fishing is good here trolling in shallow water with lures or baits such as herring and shrimp. Local area Columbia River fishing guides and Wind River Fishing guides know these waters and the right baits and lures to catch fish with here. They also know the tides and the best times of day to fish. Stream flows and tides can change what you use for bait and when and how to fish so  a local charter boat service or knowledgeable Wind River fishing guide can help you catch limits of Salmon and larger Salmon too.

  • Wind River can be accessed from the Columbia River.

  • Driving Directions: Washington State highway 14 at Carson on the Washington side of the Gorge

  • Campgrounds: There are no campgrounds in the immediate area.

The wind river is the first major Columbia gorge river located above the Bonneville dam. The wind river is popular for spring Chinook fishing and also for fishing for summer Steelhead. There are about two million spring Chinook smolts coming up the wind river every year beginning in March and running through April and May. Most of the fishing on the wind river is done near the mouth where the Wind river runs in two the Columbia River. Much of the fishing here is done from boats and not from the shore. It is strongly recommended that you contact Wind river fishing guides to learn how to fish this area. If you want to fish for Steelhead August and September are the best months. Steelhead fishing is best in the flat water at the mouth of the wind river. Good fishing techniques are drift fishing in a boat with bait, casting spinners and plugs. Backtrolling plugs and lures is also popular. Trolling anchor fishing plunking and jigging are also popular methods. Wind river fishing guides are always catching salmon and steelhead on the wind river because they know how to catch salmon and how to catch steelhead on the wind river where aid flows into the Columbia River.

Thanks to Lyle Andrews Guide Service, Mike Kaptur Guide Service and Pat Abel Guide Service for some of the photos on this website.

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
http://wdfw.wa.gov

February 15, 2013

Restrictions in effect for this year's Wind River spring chinook fishery

Action:   Daily limit reduced from two to one fish.  Lower river season delayed two weeks (April 1 opener) and two poles will not be allowed.  The upper river will remain closed.    

Species affected:   Chinook and steelhead

Effective date and locations:  

Effective March 16 through March 31, 2013 the entire river will be closed to fishing.

From April 1 through July 31, 2013 the daily limit will be 1 hatchery chinook or 1 hatchery steelhead from the mouth (boundary line/markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls. Wild chinook and wild steelhead must be released.

Until further notice, the Wind River will remain closed to all fishing from 400 feet below Shipherd Falls upstream, including all tributaries.  

Other information:   From the mouth to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls, night closures will be in effect from April 1 through June 30.  In addition, the anti-snagging rule will be in effect from the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge upstream from May 1 through June 30. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. 

The two-pole rule has been rescinded in May and June. Also rescinded for the spring chinook fishery is the regulation that allows for the most liberal daily limit between the adjacent mainstem Columbia River or Wind River when both areas are open concurrently for salmon.

The 2012 expanded fishing area at the mouth will be used as the lower boundary for this year's fishery. Results from last year's monitoring using Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement fees showed no significant increased impacts on federally protected spring chinook bound for the upper Columbia and Snake rivers. Intensive monitoring is expected to occur again in 2013.

Reason for action:   Spring chinook returns to the Wind River are projected to be below average in 2013. The expected returns are needed to provide for the hatchery escapement goals and do not provide sufficient numbers of fish for a full season fishery.  The sport fishery catch and the returns to the Carson National Fish Hatchery will be monitored weekly to assess the strength of the returns. 

Information contact:   (360) 696-6211.  For latest information press *1010.  

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.


 

Fish Species:

  • Salmon

  • Chinook Salmon

  • Coho

  • Fall Chinook

  • King Salmon

  • Steelhead

  • Winter run Steelhead

  • Summer run Steelhead

 

Wind River Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Guides
Contact fishing guides for the Wind River and you will find that Wind River Salmon fishing will be more fun and you will enjoy your vacation here in the Northwest a lot more. Book a full day trip or a half day trip at low rates and fish until you get your limit of fresh Columbia River Salmon. 

Washington Fishing Websites:

  • Washington fishing guides

  • Seattle area fishing guides

Columbia River Fishing Guide
The client above is glad he booked a fishing trip with Wind River fishing guide Erik Brigham. Erik fishes most of the Columbia River for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon.

 

 

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