By volume, the Columbia is the fourth-largest river in the U.S., and it has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. The Columbia supports several species of anadromous fish that migrate between the Pacific Ocean and fresh water tributaries of the river. Coho and Chinook (also known as "king") salmon, and steelhead, all of the genus Oncorhynchus, are ocean fish that migrate up the rivers at the end of their life cycles to spawn. White sturgeon, which take 15 to 25 years to mature, typically migrate between the ocean and the upstream habitat several times during their lives.

More information on fishing in the Pacific Northwest can be found at the Washington State Department Fish and Wildlife website (click here), where you can view Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts, and The Weekender Report.

Far North Charters

We also are proud to introduce you to Justin Hotchkiss with Far North Charters, who offers guided fishing trips in the waters of Northeast Washington. Justin was born and raised in Northport, Washington. He has spent the last 27 years seeking the Upper Columbia Redbands. Some say he has been jaded when it comes to trout fishing, being born and raised on the Columbia can spoil a person! "I would have to agree, this great northwest fishery yeilds some awesome trout that have no problem showing you your backing!"

Far North Charters is a local business that specializes in guided flyfishing trips on the Upper Columbia River. We can supply you with all the necessary gear for an Upper Columbia River guided adventure, including rods and flies. Lunches are also available upon request.