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Lower Columbia River Bass Fishing

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I'm going to be in Astoria Oregon from May 28th, 2014 to June 4th 2014 and I plan on looking for some smallmouth bass on the Columbia River.  I have been looking at a map of the Columbia River from Tongue Point (Cathlamet Bay up river to the Wallace Slough) also including a strech of river on the Washington side near Cathlamet.  If anyone has any experance catching some bronze  backs on this section of River would be great.  All my fishing is catch and release.    If you know of any close by areas outside of were I have stated I'm going to be fishing I would love to hear about them.

 

Thank You for your Time......

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That's some serious brackish water you're looking at.  I've fished that area a few times with minimal success.  Your best chances are up river from Longview, further away from the salt water influence.  Stay in the sloughs, away from the main channel.  HOWEVER - pay extreme attention to the tide charts!  You will get stuck otherwise, guaranteed.  Those sloughs drain out very quickly when the tide changes.

 

Also, get yourself as many topo maps as possible and study all of them.  That area has a lot of hazards that get you in trouble if you're not paying attention.  And no single map shows them all.

 

That said, it's a beautiful stretch to fish.  You'll have fun.

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Thank you... I grew up in Astoria and lived there for 25 yrs....  That entire time I did no bass fishing on the river, really wish I would have.  I only bass fishing Sloughs that were shut off from the river...  I do know how dangerous that river is...... Thank you very much for the input, and it is a beatuiful body of water!!

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Was born in Astoria many years ago. The farther up the river I believe the better. I used to fish a lot of sloughs and have won many tournaments in the Scappose area. There is a slough just up from Astoria called John Day I believe and sturgeon fishermen head down under a trestle and bass fishermen head up. I like the high tide to the low with the low being my favorite. Learn to love current. Glenn is right on....be carefull sandbars, deadheads and other @#!$ can leave you stranded. If by yourself take safety measures. Most all the sloughs have some good fishing and keeping secrets is the name of the game for the pigs that live in this area. Our best five in a tourney was just shy of 25#. Come may or so head up to Hood River and fish from there up to the Dalles. AWESOME smallies. Big wind area and six footers and higher not uncommon.

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Thank you very much for the info

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