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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR FISHING THE KLICKITAT RIVER
Come enjoy Steelhead fishing and Salmon fishing on the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River with our 3rd generation family fishing guide service, since 1969. This tributary of the Columbia River holds some of the largest fishing runs of Chinook Salmon, silver salmon and Steelhead in the entire Northwest portion of the country. We can accomodate up to ten people and typically drift eight to ten miles per day.
In October of 2007 I made my first trip to the Klickitat to fish with Tracy Zoller. It is about an hour and a half from Portland, Oregon on the North side of the Columbia River in Washington. The drive is easy, and there is a Starbucks in Hood River about thirty minutes from his home on the river. The scenic drive is full of juniper, sagebrush, oak trees, and rimrock up the canyon. The river is about as beautiful as any I've ever seen with dramatic canyons and classic pools, runs, and tailouts! It looked like a miniature Deschutes - we hoped the steelhead fishing would be as nice as the vista. It was.
My good friend Kelly Reed and I floated about eight miles with Tracy. His wife made us breakfast sandwiches with eggs, sausage, and cheese. They were fantastic. We landed three steelies, two on flies, one on gear. The biggest was about twelve pounds, the smallest was a six pound hatchery fish. But talk about potential!! I have already booked my return trip for next October. I plan to explore this river many times - you can never have too much "research".
FISHING INFORMATION AT THE KLICKITAT RIVER
You will be fishing for native and hatchery steelhead, chinook and coho salmon, and the occasional trout. Tracy is geared up for spinfishing and baitcasting with plugs and spinners, but fly anglers flock here each year as well. This is a glacial and fast moving river and techniques are specialized to target these fish. A guide here is a must as there is also limited bank access.
SEASON AT FISHING THE KLICKITAT RIVER
Summer & Fall Steelhead and Salmon
June 1st through November 30th
Fresh from the ocean these shiny fish start migration in good numbers June 1st through November.
Pound for pound the Steelhead is the hardest fighting fish in the world. It is common to have these fish jump three to five feet over and over, while screaming 40 to 50 yards of line off your reel. Also along with the Steelhead you will catch fat, jumping Silvers in the Fall.
CHINOOK - August 15 through October 15. The Klickitat King Salmon are fresh from the ocean. These hard fighting fish sometimes take an hour or more to get in. Every year we take a tremendous number of fish weighing over 40 pounds, and you always have that chance for a 60 pounder if your arms don't wear out first. You might also catch the occasional Coho/Silver salmon, a hard fighting acrobatic cousin of the mighty Chinook.ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT THE KLICKITAT RIVER
There is sightseeing and photography, but this is a true fishing destination. Tracy offers some turkey hunting and there is whitewater rafting available. There is some pretty good wine country within an hour or two as well.
Klickitat River Guides is located in Washington State, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge on the banks of the Klickitat River, a tributary of the Columbia River.
The closest major airport is Portland Oregon International. Rental cars are available and enjoy the trip though the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area via Interstate 84 to reach the Klickitat area.
Be sure to pick up your Washington State Fishing License and catch record card. Suggested location is Bridgemart which is located at item 3 below.
2015 RATES AT THE KLICKITAT RIVER
$225 per person per day double or triple occupancy. $325 per person per day for SINGLE occupancy.
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