Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Moses Lake Walleye Fishing!


Moses Lake Walleye Fishing is so much fun and easy!  Plus you get to enjoy the Sunny Side of Washington State (it's not all clouds and rain!)

Walleye Fishing on Moses Lake is a great spring and summer activity.  Our Walleye Fishing Guides are the best guides you will find anywhere.  Moses Lake Fishing Guides are ready to get you out on the water for a full day or half day fishing adventure.

The limit for Moses Lake Walleye is 8 fish per person per day with 1 of the 8 fish allowed to be over 22 inches.  We are catching big Moses Lake Walleye daily now and fishing will only get better.

Stay at Mar Don Resort for your Guided Walleye Fishing Trip.  Mar Don is located on the Potholes Resevoir a short drive from Moses Lake and also boasts lots of great sport fishing including bass, walleye and crappie.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Columbia River Walleye Fishing

It's time to escape the low returns of spring king salmon on the cowlitz river and head east to the sunny columbia river reservoirs to catch plentiful no limit Walleye!  Columbia River Walleye Fishing is high action, fun and enjoyed under the eastern washington sun.

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Walleye (Sander vitreussynonym Stizostedion vitreum) is a freshwater perciform fish native to most of Canada and to the Northern United States. It is a North American close relative of the European Zander, also known as the pikeperch. The walleye is sometimes called the yellow walleye to distinguish it from the blue walleye, which is a subspecies that was once found in the southern Ontario and Quebec regions, but are now presumed extinct.[2] However, recent genetic analysis of a preserved (frozen) 'blue walleye' sample suggests that the blue and yellow walleye were simply phenotypes within the same species and do not merit separate taxonomic classification.[3]
In some parts of its range, the walleye is known as the walleyed pike', colored pike, yellow pike although the fish is not related to other species of pikes which are members of the family Esocidae.[4]
Walleyes fishing show a fair amount of variation across watersheds. In general, fish within a watershed are quite similar and are genetically distinct from those of nearby watersheds. The species has been artificially propagated for over a century and has been planted on top of existing populations or introduced into waters naturally devoid of the species, sometimes reducing the overall genetic distinctiveness of populations.

Etymology[edit]

Walleye, Sander vitreus
The common name, "walleye", comes from the fact that the fish's eyes point outward, as if looking at the walls. This externally facing orientation of the eyes gives anglers an advantage in the dark because there is a certain eyeshine given off by the eye of the walleye in the dark, similar to that of lions and other night dwelling animals. This "eyeshine" is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions. In fact, many anglers look for walleyes at night since this is when major feeding patterns occur. The fish's eyes also allow them to see well in turbid waters (stained or rough, breaking waters), which gives them an advantage over their prey. Thus, walleye anglers will commonly look for locations where there is a good "walleye chop" (i.e., rough water). This excellent vision also allows the fish to populate the deeper regions in a lake, and they can often be found in deeper water, particularly during the warmest part of the summer.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Walleyes are largely olive and gold in color (hence the French common name: dorĂ©—golden). The dorsal side of a walleye is olive, grading into a golden hue on the flanks. The olive/gold pattern is broken up by five darker saddles that extend to the upper sides. The color shades to white on the belly. The mouth of a walleye is large and is armed with many sharp teeth. The first dorsal and anal fins are spinous, as is the Operculum. Walleyes are distinguished from their close cousin the sauger by the white coloration on the lower lobe of the caudal fin which is absent on the sauger. In addition, the two dorsals and the caudal fin of the sauger are marked with distinctive rows of black dots which are absent from or indistinct on the same fins of walleyes.[5]

Length and weight[edit]

Weight vs. length of walleyes
Walleyes grow to about 80 cm (31 in) in length, and weigh up to about 9 kg (20 lb). The maximum recorded size for the fish is 107 cm (42 in) in length and 13 kilograms (29 lb) in weight. The rate depends partly on where in their range they occur, with southern populations often growing faster and larger. In general, females grow larger than males. Walleyes may live for decades; the maximum recorded age is 29 years. In heavily fished populations, however, few walleye older than five or six years of age are encountered. In North America, where they are highly prized, their typical size when caught is on the order of 30 to 50 cm (12 to 20 in), substantially below their potential size.
As walleye grow longer, they increase in weight. The relationship between total length (L) and total weight (W) for nearly all species of fish can be expressed by an equation of the form
Invariably, b is close to 3.0 for all species, and c is a constant that varies among species. For walleye, b = 3.180 and c = 0.000228 (with units in inches and pounds).[6]
The relationship described in this section suggests a 50 cm (20 in) walleye will weigh about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb), while a 60 cm (24 in) walleye will likely weigh about 2.5 kg (5.5 lb).

Reproduction[edit]

Walleye larva
In most of the species' range, male walleyes mature sexually between three and four years of age. Females normally mature about a year later. Adults migrate to tributary streams in late winter or early spring to lay eggs over gravel and rock, although there are open water reef or shoal spawning strains as well. Some populations are known to spawn on sand or vegetation. Spawning occurs at water temperatures of 6 to 10 °C (43 to 50 °F). A large female can lay up to 500,000 eggs, and no care is given by the parents to the eggs or fry. The eggs are slightly adhesive and fall into spaces between rocks. The incubation period for the embryos is temperature-dependent, but generally lasts from 12 to 30 days. After hatching, the free-swimming embryo spends about a week absorbing a relatively small amount of yolk. Once the yolk has been fully absorbed, the young walleye begins to feed on invertebrates, such as fly larvæ and zooplankton. After 40 to 60 days, juvenile walleyes become piscivorous. Thenceforth, both juvenile and adult walleyes eat fish almost exclusively, frequently yellow perch or ciscoes, moving onto bars and shoals at night to feed. Walleye also feed heavily on crayfish, minnows, and leeches.

As food[edit]

The walleye is considered to be a quite palatable freshwater fish, and, consequently, is fished recreationally and commercially for food.[7] Because of its nocturnal feeding habits, it is most easily caught at night using live minnows or lures that mimic small fish. In Minnesota the walleye is often fished for in the late afternoon on windy days or in the night. Most commercial fisheries for walleye are situated in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes.

Fishing[edit]

Because walleyes are popular with anglers, fishing for walleyes is regulated by most natural resource agencies. Management may include the use of quotas and length limits to ensure that populations are not over-exploited. For example, in the state of Michigan, walleye shorter than 15 in (38 cm) may not be legally kept, except in Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River where fish as short as 13 in (33 cm) may be taken.
Since walleyes have excellent visual acuity under low illumination levels, they tend to feed more extensively at dawn and dusk, on cloudy or overcast days and under choppy conditions when light penetration into the water column is disrupted. Although anglers interpret this as light avoidance, it is merely an expression of the walleye's competitive advantage over its prey under those conditions. Similarly, in darkly stained or turbid waters, walleye tend to feed throughout the day. In the spring and fall walleye are located near the shallower areas due to the spawning grounds; and they are most often located in shallower areas during higher winds due to the murkier, higher oxygenated water at around six feet deep.[8] On calm spring days the walleye are more often located at the deep side of the shoreline drop-off and around shore slopes around or deeper than ten feet.[9]
As a result of their widespread presence in Canada and the northern United States walleye are frequently caught while ice fishing, a popular winter pastime throughout the regions in question.
"Walleye chop" is a term used by walleye anglers for rough water typically with winds of 10 to 25 km/h (6 to 16 mph), and is one of the indicators for good walleye fishing due to the walleye's increased feeding activity during such conditions. In addition to fishing the "Walleye chop", night fishing with live bait can be very effective.
The current all-tackle world record for a walleye is held by Mabry Harper, who caught a 11.34 kg (25 lbs.) walleye in Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee, USA on August 2, 1960.[10]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cowlitz River King Salmon Report


Our Cowlitz River King Salmon Fishery is well under way!  Our favorite secret spot to catch lots of big king salmon is finally producing easy limits of Spring King Salmon.  The Columbia River 2017 Spring Chinook Run was a little late due to high water levels but the fish are finally coming into the rivers and into our fish boxes!

We are also catching Kalama River Spring Chinook now in good numbers as well as a few steelhead.  The Kalama River 2017 Spring Chinook Fishery is expected to be better than last year.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Fishing Guides Columbia River


The easiest way to catch king salmon on the Columbia River is with a fishing guide.  Fishing guides are licensed by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife to operate fishing charters on the Columbia River.  Fishing Guides on the Columbia River are numerous and offer a wide range of skill and experience.

We recommend you always choose a guide who has been legally guiding for several years and has good reviews and good standing with the BBB.

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Columbia River Spring Chinook 2017 Season Under Way!

Two Chrome Bright Spring Chinook Salmon Caught on the Columbia River 

The Columbia River Spring Chinook 2017 Season is well underway.  After a slow start to the season hampered by flood stage waters on the Columbia, the water has receded and it's now time to catch lots of delicious king salmon.

The 2017 Columbia River King Salmon Season has already been extended.  The 2017 Columbia River Chinook Forecast that there would be 6,905 spring chinook that recreational anglers could keep from going above bonneville dam.  

As of April 7th, a day after the season was originally scheduled to close, less than 100 of the 6,905 fish have been caught.

This means that there will likely be another extension past this coming Monday so we will have the opportunity to catch the recreational quota.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 Spring Chinook Seasons and Forecasts!

We are so excited for the Columbia River 2017 Spring Chinook Season.




The Cowlitz River, Kalama River and Columbia Rivers are our favorite spots to catch Springers each year and all have sufficient returns to allow normal fisheries!

Columbia River Spring Chinook 2017 Forecast:  160,000 upriver chinook

Kalama River Spring Chinook 2017 Forecast:  3,100 Chinook

Cowlitz River Spring Chinook 2017 Forecast:  17,900

With this many Spring King Salmon returning to the Columbia, Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers you know we will be having a nice and long spring king season this year!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fishing Charters Portland, Oregon

Fishing Charters Portland, Oregon

There is almost an overabundance of licensed fishing guides and charters in Washington and Oregon who can legally take you out on the Columbia River for King Salmon Fishing near Portland.  However, very few are experienced in professionally conducting guided fishing charters for King Salmon near Portland, Oregon.  Some items to look for in a professional guide service before booking:


  • How many years have they been business?
    • Waters West Guide Service has been in business since 2003 when they opened under the trade name Premier Guide Service.  
  • How many boats and guides do they have?
    • Team Waters West has 5-7 fishing guides who work together as a team to help you catch fish year round.  These guide have over 10 boats total many of which are brand new each year.
  • How new are their boats and equipment?
    • New boats, new fishing rods and reels are important for safety and reliability which is why we are always upgrading boats every few years and equipment each season.


Guided Fishing Trips near Portland, Oregon

The closest fishing to Portland, Oregon is the Spring King Salmon fishery where many anglers troll the mighty Columbia River around the I-5 bridge between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington from mid-March through mid-April each spring for King Salmon at Portland.  The Spring King Salmon Season is short but also has the best tasting highest valued king salmon of the entire year.  There are other trips available year round within an easy drive of Portland, Oregon for King Salmon and Steelhead.


  • March/April King Salmon at Portland on the Columbia RIver
  • April/May/June King Salmon on the Cowlitz River 2-2.5 hours NE of Portland
  • July/August/September Fishing at Astoria, Oregon about 1.5 hours West of Portland
  • September/October Fishing at Woodland, Washington about 30 minutes North of Portland


Columbia River King Salmon Charters

King Salmon fishing is probably the most popular fishing in the Pacific NW.  King salmon are aptly named as the ultimate king of all salmon.  King Salmon are the biggest species of salmon and king salmon are caught on the Columbia River each year close to 50lbs.  Historically king salmon had been known to reach 80lbs or more.  We frequently catch king salmon close to or just over 40lbs.


  • King Salmon caught daily on the Columbia River in March, April, July, August, September and October can reach as much as 40+lbs
  • The best time to fish for the biggest King Salmon is August near Astoria, Oregon during the Buoy 10 King Salmon Fishery
  • King Salmon Fishing on the Columbia River takes place about 6 months out of the year depending on seasons regulated by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife


Cowlitz River King Salmon Fishing

The Cowlitz River is a main tributary of the lower Columbia River.  Spring King Salmon fishing is very popular on the Cowlitz River as it is a very easy drive from Portland, Oregon, Tacoma, Washington and Seattle, Washington.  The Cowlitz River has a large salmon hatchery run by Tacoma Power, the utility company which has hydroelectric dams in the region  The fishery program is well managed by Tacoma Power and the Department of Fish and Wildlife creating a wiz bang Spring and Fall King Salmon Fishery.

Our guides' favorite time to fish the Cowlitz River for King Salmon is in the Spring.  Spring King Salmon Fishing on the Cowlitz River is one of the most promising and happy times of year for our customers and fishing guides.  The Cowlitz River regularly received between 10-25,000 returning king salmon each Spring Season.


  • Spring King Salmon Fishing on the Cowlitz River March through June Each Season
  • King Salmon limits usually 2 per person and daily limits caught often
  • Multiple guides and boats available daily for this popular fishery


Portland Fishing Trips

If you live in or are visiting Portland, Oregon it is hard to ignore the fact that this is an epicenter of fishing activity.  Fishing trips at Portland can occur year round even though the best time is in the Spring to fish in Portland there are year round opportunities to catch salmon and steelhead within a short drive of Portland.  Portland fishing charters and Portland fishing guides are licensed by either Oregon or Washington States and can help you catch big salmon and steelhead year round.


  • Portland Fishing Trips available year round at Portland or within 2.5 hours
  • Portland Fishing Charters most popular for King Salmon in the Spring, late Summer and Fall
  • Fishing Guides and Charters are Portland, Oregon can help you successfully catch king salmon, coho salmon, sockeye salmon and steelhead each year


Kalama River King Salmon and Steelhead

The Kalama River is only 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and offers year round opportunities to catch salmon and steelhead on a small river with beautiful scenery.  There are many waterfalls on the Kalama River and the longest stretch of the river is limited to non-motorized boats which adds to the tranquility of this fishery.  One of the most popular times of year to fish the Kalama River is in March-May.  During this time you can catch winter steelhead, summer steelhead AND king salmon.  King Salmon fishing on the Kalama River is a great relaxing trip for all ages.


  • Kalama River King Salmon and Steelhead March-May
  • Kalama River Fishing Guides offer nice drift boats and up to date gear and techniques to help you catch fish
  • The Kalama River offers a quiet scenic drift boat fishery perfect for all ages and experience levels

We hope you learned a lot about the seasons and fisheries that the Portland area has to offer on the Lower Columbia River and look forward to seeing you on the water soon.