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Fishing Report & Update 12-20-2011
  Hi Guys the Winter Kings and Steelhead are here with the Springers right around the corner!!! We will also start Sturgeon fishing after the first of the year. The Kings this year have been unbelievable with many Big fish in the (30+ lb) range. We will be catching them through the end of the month. Steelhead fishing is off to a great start as well with fish averaging in the (10lb) range. There is nothing like hooking into one of theses chromers to warm up a cool winter day. We will have Steelhead around till the end of February. Side-drifting with light gear and bait will be the technique of choice to catch these silver bullets. A far as the Sturgeon we will be targeting the above Bonneville dam and Willamette fishery's for them. Sturgeon fishing is lots of fun with lots of catching. It is common to land 30-50 fish in a day.

Now for what we have all been waiting for is the forecast for 2012 "It is a good good Spring Chinook return for sure," said Cindy LeFleur, the Columbia River Policy Coordinator for state Fish and Wildlife. The Columbia River spring Chinook forecast is 314,200 compared to a forecast last year of 198,400 and an actual return of 221,200. It would be the fourth largest dating back to 1938, with the largest return of 440,300 happening in 2001.The Columbia River spring Chinook are prized by anglers for their tasty, Omega-3 laced, red-orange-colored meat, which is similar to fish from Alaska's Copper River. Looking further ahead the Columbia Summer Chinook forecast also looks very promising with a forecast of 91,200 in 2012 (91,100 was 2011 forecast; 80,600 was actual return), and the sockeye return of 462,000 (161,900 was 2010 forecast; 187,300 was actual return). The 2012 adult Spring Chinook returns for the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis rivers look slightly better than last year with a total forecast of 12,100 compared to 10,600 forecast in 2011 and an actual return of 6,300.

The Willamette River Spring Chinook run is predicted at 83,400 adults in 2012, compared with a prediction for 2011 of 104,100. This year's actual return was 80,254. Anglers can expect unrestricted fishing on the Willamette seven days a week with a bag limit of two fin-clipped Chinook per day.

With these kind of numbers it is going to be another amazing year of fishing!! Be sure to book early to get prime spots with one of our boats for a trip of a lifetime. These dates will be gone shortly after the first of the year.
Also we have gift certificates available your Christmas gifts. We can email them directly to you to print out and give to that sportsman of the family. I would like to thanks everyone that made it out with us this year and look forward to Hooking up again in 2012. Feel free to give me a call to go over any details. We hope and pray that 2012 will be a great year for you, your family's, and businesses. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Hi guys I just wanted to get a quick note out and let you know what is going on. Kings Kings Kings is all I can say.. We are catching Kings and lots of them!!! The best part is that we will continue to catch them till the end of the year. There are a few different fishery's to fill your tag. The Winter Kings will heat up in late Nov and go through late Dec. The "B" run Coho have started to make a show as well and will be into full swing by early next week. We will start fishing for Winter Steelhead the first part of Dec for you guys looking for some fresh Steelhead for the Holiday season. This is a great opportunity to get your friends, family ,or business associates out for an awesome day of fishing!!! Also if you are looking at booking any Spring Salmon dates for next year I would look at them soon. Since I am about half booked already. We will have availability in the other boats as well but if you want to fish with me be sure to book asap. Come join the fun and we look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Feel free to give me a call to go over any questions or details.

 

Summer Steelhead Monster Fall Kings

Hi Guys-
   Wow! What a year it has been so far!  It is hard to believe that the 4th of July has come and gone and we are into full swing with Summer Steelhead fishing and the massive record run of fall Kings are just a few weeks away.  So as you can see, from the Steelhead photos below, we have been putting the Lamiglas XMG50 side-drifting rods to the test.  We started using these last fall and what an amazing rod!  Not only the sheer power and strength but with the new carbon fiber handle also makes for greater sensitivity and easy clean up.  Lets not forget, they look cool as well!  Side-drifting is a very effective and easy way to catch steelhead.  We are using small baits of Salmon eggs and prawns with light lead to produce these awesome acrobats of the Northwest.  The fish are on the larger side again this year, averaging on the 8 to 10 pound range.  There has been a lot of big fish around as well, I would say 30% of the fish have been in the 15 to 17 pound range!! Side-drifting is very active and fun fishing covering lots of river.  If you have done it before or not, no big deal, we will take the time to get you trained up and by mid-morning you will be a pro!  Also, we have a large push of B-run Steelhead moving up the Columbia right now and we will be targeting these fish as well.  This is an anchored fishery where it is more laid back but a very effective technique for catching these fish.  What better way to enjoy a great summer day with family, friends, or business associates?!

   For the Fall Kings, we will be pulling out our new Lamiglas Kenai Kwik rods and our fresh cut plug herring and be heading to the lower Columbia river to the infamous 'Buoy 10' fishery!  These rods have been amazing, I have never used any rod with such durability and strength!  I would have to say, they almost seem unbreakable!  Anyone looking for a perfect all around Columbia river fishing rod, this is the one!  We prefer to use the 10 1/2 foot model.  A predicted run of over 800,000 KINGS(That is like twice the average!) will start entering the Columbia river any day.  The Columbia opens August 1st to retain Salmon.  We have high expectations of going Catching this fall!!  We will be fishing the Buoy 10 fishery starting in early August thru the end of the month.  With such a massive run of fish and higher, cooler water conditions, I will expect to move upstream to the Longview/Woodland area of the Columbia to continue targeting these hawgs most likely earlier than usual.  Your average Fall King is 20 to 25 pounds!  It's common to get a 30+.  And if you are looking for a fish of a lifetime, our Fall fishery is the time to target a 40 to 50 pounder!! We caught 5 two years ago over 50!!  The photo below of a 56 pound Lewis river King caught on 15 pound test!!  Mid-September, we will move into the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers to continue our massive harvest of these chrome bright Kings and Coho salmon.  We will be back-bouncing and side-drifting Salmon eggs primarily to target these fish.  This will be a go-to fishery for sheer numbers of fish.  Some of these areas will be open for the first time in 4 years!  This will be like the good ole days!  And a perfect place to target those 40+ pound hawgs!! We will be fishing for Fall Kings and Coho till Late November. 

   Be sure to contact us as soon as possible to reserve a prime date with us in one of our boats.  We will be ending our $180 special at the end of this month.  So take advantage of this value while you can!!  Feel free to contact us to go over any details or ask any questions that you may have.  We look forward to fishing and talking with you soon!!  Be sure to follow us on the Facebook and Twitter links below for up to the minute reports. 


Thanks, God Bless
Erik and Heidi Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures

Happy Spring fishing from Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures!!

Spring has sprung here in the Pacific Northwest! Along with the rainy weather and blooming flowers, Springers have made their way back to our rivers! If you have friend-ed me on Facebook or Twitter, you have already seen hundreds of these beauties posted on my pages! We would love to get you out on one of our boats to join in on the action!

Springer season is into full swing. The water conditions are at the best they have been all year and will continue to get better as the season progresses! The Columbia River is closed for now, but it may reopen again in May. Till then, we will be fishing Willamette, Lewis, Wind and Cowlitz Rivers for Spring Salmon until late May. This will take us right into a near record run of Summer King Salmon for the Columbia River starting in June! Last week of May and the 1st week of June heads up our Over-sized Sturgeon season! These 9-12 foot mammoths are super great fighters and amazing to behold after a long exhausting battle!! Keeper Sturgeon are due late June in the estuary of the Columbia River out of Astoria OR. We still have some availability for Summer Steelhead trips in the Columbia, Lewis and Cowlitz rivers for mid-June to mid-August. This leads us to the famous Buoy 10 fishery where there is a forecasted near 800,000 Kings!!! Also, to top it off, the Lewis will have retention of Kings this fall as well!!! This will be an amazing fishery. LOTS OF BIG KINGS WITH TWO FISH A DAY!!!! Book now to get these dates! They will be going fast! This will be like the good old days on the Lewis!! From here on out we will have some awesome for the rest of the year.

Over the past couple of months we have made some of changes to improve your booking and fishing experience. My wife Heidi is now going to be handling the 'administrative' side of the business, which will free me up to put more attention and detail into the fishing! She will be available to take your calls, payments and emails when I am out on the river. As well as PayPal, we now can take regular credit card payments over the phone though a standard merchant account. Now, when you 'follow' me on Twitter or 'friend' me on Facebook, you can see each days' action as it unfolds in the boat moment by moment!

Hi Guys
Springers (Spring King Salmon) are right around the corner in the Columbia and we are expecting a near record run in the Willamette. Several reports have a few early fish being caught and five year old fish (??SIZE?? ex/ 15-30lb) will make up the majority of the run.  These Salmon are the best eating Chinooks in the country which make them one of the ultimate prizes of the Northwest! Dates are limited and slots are filling by the hour so be sure to contact us to hold your date soon. 

Need a date? Funny enough, with Valentines Day around the corner I wanted to mention that we get quite a few couples in the boat over the season so if you're looking for something different for you and your special someone, come enjoy a beautiful day on the water and the excitement a fish on the line.

Also, to make it easier for you to stay up to date on the incredible fishing, we have set up a Facebook page for you to follow for the most up to date info and photos, and maybe you'll even see yourself!  Click the link below and become part of crew. Be sure to add me as a friend and click the "like" button on the "Erik's World Class Fishing" and we look forward to hooking up with you this season.

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Hi Guys
     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! What a great time of year. Not only is there great holidays, presents, and awesome food...it is prime time for Winter Steelhead. As you can see in the photo below, no one is too young to catch one of these chrome beauties. Gunnar, 4 years old, just caught his first Steelhead 2 days ago all by himself! Way to go Gunnar!! If anyone is looking for something to do over the Christmas vacation, this is a great way to get out with family and friends, for some awesome Steelhead fishing. We will continue for these though January. Springers!! Yes, I said it, Springers! We Specialize in Springers. I would have to say this is my favorite fish to catch!!! They just came out with the numbers for the lower Columbia. The prediction is approx. 200,000 for upper Columbia River Salmon. Which is a good healthy run. The Willamette has an awesome run of 110,000 forecasted, which will be amazing! Spring Salmon fishing is what northwest fishermen live for. There is no fish like a Spring Chinook Salmon as for it's shear awesomeness and it is some of the best table-fare in the world. This is a limited season starting in late March going into early May. So be sure to book your dates now to ensure a prime date and a fishing trip of a lifetime!!
     For any last minute Christmas gifts, we do have gift certificates available as well. Again I would like to thank everyone for all their business and for new and old friendships through 2010, and look forward to many more in 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to fishing and talking with you soon. Feel free to contact me to answer any questions or go over any details to help in planning your trips.

Hi Guys
 First I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving. My family and I are very Thankful for all the business and friendships you have given us again this year. We could not do it with out you guys. Thanks so much. I am just amazed at how many customers we have now (over 3000) and that they are coming from all over the country and world. With the business continuing to grow rapidly and great fish runs we look forward to fulfilling all your fishing needs for the rest of this year and into 2011.
 I just wanted to get you up to date for a few things that have changed. First the Sturgeon fishing has been so awesome that we have already filled the rest of the quota for 2010. It will not reopen to catch and keep till January 1st. With catching this good now and no pressure on the sturgeon for the next 5 weeks it will be lights out right when it opens on the 1st!!! Sturgeon fishing is open to catch and keep on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Dates are limited so be sure to book now for open dates.

Here are a some nice Steelhead that we will be catching!!

With Thanksgiving here this is the official kick off for winter Steelhead. Higher water flows again this year will make for perfect conditions to target these winter chromers on light tackle and gear. What a great way to warm up on a winter day or spend the holiday time off with friends or family. Mid Dec - Jan will be the peak time to go for the early run fish. These dates are filling fast as well so be sure to get booked now for open dates. Feel free to contact me for details and options. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
 Also don't forget we can do gift certificates for the sportsman or woman in the family for Christmas gifts.

Hi Guys!
It is time for the latest fishing report. With fall into full swing, there are several fishing opportunities for Salmon, Sturgeon and lets not forget about the Winter Steelhead right around the corner! Firstly, for King Salmon your best opportunity will be fishing on the beautiful Oregon coast in the mostly protected waters of Tillamook Bay. We prefer to troll herring and spinners. This is a shallow water fishery, like 10 feet of water of less. So when you hook into one of these 30+ pound Kings, there is no where for the fish to go but out. We had a fish last week that took out over 200 feet of line on the line counter. Then within seconds, it charged straight back to the boat and then back out for another 100 foot run! WOW!! The Kings in Tillamook Bay are truly an amazing and a different kind of fish! This is a fishery where the size, quality and experience are like no other! With the heavy rains we have had, there is great opportunity for catching these fish that have moved from the bay into the small intimate tributaries with bobber, eggs and back bouncing bait or kwikfish. This will be our target area for catching and keeping Kings over the next few weeks. Now, if you are looking for catch and release lots of Kings and keeper Coho, we will be fishing Southwest Washington tributaries for these. The Coho have been averaging in the 12 to 15 pound range, many still with sea lice. We are catching these fish casting plugs and back bouncing eggs. These fish will be around for another few weeks as well. Then after Thanksgiving, it will be the kick off for Winter Steelhead. By the looks of the forecast and the higher water levels like last year, it will be another awesome Winter Steelhead season! We will be targeting these fish December and January. We will be side drifting with light tackle and bait. I expect limits or near limits of fish daily.

 

October 1st was the re-opener for keeper Sturgeon in the lower Columbia. We will be fishing from Bonneville Dam down to the Kalama area. Also, the Willamette opens this Thursday Nov. 4th to retain keeper Sturgeon as well. This is a great fall and winter fishery since a lot of the Sturgeon will migrate temporarily into the lower 10 miles of the Willamette due to water temperature. The rains and muddy water always seem to get the Sturgeon into a feeding frenzy, so it should be good there starting this week. Sturgeon fishing for retention is only open 3 days a week: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This is a fishery with lots of action, it is common to catch 30+ fish a day, with keepers as well! Sturgeon fishing is a little less technical and we will be anchored in our favorite hot spots, fishing on the bottom with various baits: smelt, squid, sandshrimp...
Be sure to contact us back for further details, or to book a prime date since they go fast! This winter we are also offering what we call our 'value trip', it is only a 5 hour trip with a 4 person minimum, please contact for details. I look forward to talking and fishing with you soon, I hope the rest of your week is great!! For those of you that Facebook you can follow ,check daily reports and comments by going to Columbiariver Fishing at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100001804719718&v=wall and become a friend.

 

Hi, guys!

 It's time for the latest and greatest in the Northwest fishing-world: The B-run Coho are moving into full swing on the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers! The fish have been been chrome bright with sea-lice on many of them, and averaging about 12lbs. We have been casting plugs, spinners, and side-drifting for these Chromers. We're still catching lots of nice Kings as well! As you can see, from the photos below of the nice 30-35 pounders, these fish are in great shape! The fishery at Tillamook Bay is looking better now than it has in the last 2 years, and there's an opportunity to fish for the famous 30-40 pound hawgs, fresh from the ocean!  We'll continue fishing for these until mid-November. Columbia River sturgeon re-opened October 1st, and is off to a great start. We'll be fishing the Columbia and Willamette rivers Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to retain the sturgeon that we catch. This is a fishery where it's common to catch 30+ fish in a single day, and some nice keepers as well! Lots of action; great fun! Fell free to contact me to book a trip or to go over any details. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.


 

FISHING REPORT & NEWSLETTER Aug 1, 2010

Hi Guys,
Yes, the salmon are back! We are expecting one of the biggest runs in years for King Salmon that are returning to the Northwest this fall! There is a predicted run of over 650,000 King Salmon forecasted, and good numbers of Coho as well. We'll start off the season at the famous Buoy 10 Fishery out of Astoria, Oregon. These salmon are very fat and full of fight being only hours out of the Pacific Ocean. We will, primarily, be trolling herring and spinners for bait. We have outfitted the boat with all-new start-of-the-art Lamiglas mooching rods and Shimano reels. This rod and reel combo is like no other; the way the rods perform and load up with fish will make for an epic battle! We'll be in the Buoy 10 area until the end of August, and then we will transition upstream to the Longview-Woodland area to the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. Here you will have the opportunity to catch King and Coho salmon, both, on light tackle and in a more intimate stream-setting. We will be side-drifting and back-bouncing salmon eggs to entice these hawgs. Last year we caught 5 fish that were over 50lbs, the biggest being 56lbs! You can see it on the front page of my website! We are expecting even more fish of this extreme size again this year. Wow, I can't wait! On the Cowlitz, you will be able to retain 2 King salmon, plus Coho, which makes for an added bonus for King Salmon as well. We will target this fish, in the tributaries, into September, October, and early November.
Personally, I have limited space with me, on my boat, but I do have three other awesome guides working for me, as well. For prime dates and availability, please contact me as soon as possible so we can get you hooked up on an awesome fishing experience and adventure! Feel free to contact me to go over any questions or details that you might have. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon! Have a great rest of the week!

FISHING REPORT & NEWSLETTER July 1, 2010

Hi Guys
 It's time for latest fishing update: The Summer Steelhead fishing has been phenomenal!!! We have been catching lots of fish with limits most days. The Steelhead have been big again this year with about a ten pound average. You can see from the photos how nice they are. We're side drifting with light tackle and bait for these silver bullets. These fish have been so fresh that many still have sea lice on them. We will be catching Steelhead July, August and early September. This is a very fun fishery with great sunny weather as well. So, if you would like to spend a day on the water with friends, family, or business associates this will be a great time for you.
 We have been very blessed here with the business lately and are making some changes to bring us to the next level. We have now taken on three other full time guides to better accommodate your fishing needs and to hold up the integrity that we like to have at the highest level. We do have special pricing for large group rates as well. It has been great growing this business with guides Mike, Justin, and Ben. With this new venture we are really striving for excellence and customer satisfaction. 
 Also we have just taken on a partnership with Lamiglas Rods as part of their Pro Staff. This has been one of the best decisions we have made. We are outfitting all our boats with the newest custom rods available for your fishing experience. We have started off with the new XMG50 side drifting rods. "WOW" is all I can say. The performance and sensitivity are like no other!!! Not to mention the carbon fiber handles that will be on all our rods for extra strength, durability and class. The guys (Ryan, Jason, and Josh) at Lamiglas have made this transition very smooth and awesome. The customer service and integrity of Lamiglas is far above the rest!! I would highly recommend them to anyone that is looking for a new rod as well.
 Fish and game has also left the Columbia River open for Keeper Sturgeon fishing in the lower river near Astoria, Oregon till July 11th. If you would like to get into some great keeper action we can do that as well, but make it quick, as the time and dates are limited. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Feel free to contact me or give me a call to go over any questions or details also.
 
 

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FISHING REPORT & NEWSLETTER May 10, 2010

Hi Guys
I just wanted to get a quick letter out. It has been a great Spring Salmon season so far. The fish have been really nice this year. Right now we are hitting the peak of the tributary fishing. There will be some great fishing opportunity till the end of the month. We are fishing the Lewis, Willamette, Wind Rivers and Multnomah Channel. It looks like they may re-open the Columbia River after next weekend as well. These Spring Salmon are only here once a year, so don't miss out on a chance to have some of the finest Salmon in the world! With the weather shaping up and getting warmer, the fishing will be awesome!!!
We will be going right into Sturgeon and Steelhead after the Salmon run. So book now to get the prime dates. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Feel free to give me a call as well to go over any details or dates. Here a a couple photos from this season.
Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures

 
 

 

FISHING REPORT & NEWSLETTER Feb 22, 2010

Hi Guys
The wait is over. The Springer's are here now!!!! The guys that know what they are doing have been getting 1-3 fish per day over the last week. That is awesome for this time of year. It does not surprise me since we had an original run of 470,000 predicted and since last weeks meeting it has been upgraded to 559,900 fish with a 40% buffer. This is going to be the best Spring Salmon run ever!!!!!! I would have to say that in 7-10 days it should be game on gone for the rest of the season. Most of the fish this year are the bigger 4 and 5 year old fish as well. We are targeting these fish now and till mid April in the Columbia River and then we will follow them into the tributaries of the Lewis, Cowlitz and Willamette till mid May. Our primary technique will be trolling herring in shallow water in the Columbia and back bouncing salmon eggs in the tributaries. With the perfect water conditions and color this year it will be lights out fishing!!!!! I still have a few scattered date over the next 3 months left so be sure to get back to me right away to get in on a springer trip of a lifetime. It is going to be great!!! I can't wait. Feel free to give me a call to go over any details. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
1087 Lewis River Rd Suite #139
Woodland Washington 98674
360-513-2331
www.columbiariverfish.com
Team Three River Marine Pro Staff
G-Loomis Pro Staff

FISHING REPORT & NEWSLETTER Jan 5, 2010

Hi guys
The winter Steelhead fishing is HOT!!! The best I have seen in many years!!!! Things have lined up perfect this season so far as for the water levels, clarity and the abundance of fish!!! We are having a lot of fun catching these awesome fish. I would have to say we should have this kind of action over the next few weeks. So be sure to get out now for some winter Steelhead action!!!! We are side drifting with light tackle for these fish. The first three photos are of recent Steelhead trips.
Also I am happy to say that we are going to have a excellent Spring Salmon run. You can look at the predictions below from the state. I know that we have been disappointed in recent years but it looks like they have taken extra precautions this year and left room for error as well as still coming up with almost a half a million Springer's back to the Columbia and 5000-6000 to the Lewis (which is awesome) !!!! This will be a spring season to remember. I will expect to have many days with limits and high numbers of fish like in the last two salmon photos from year past. We will start off fishing in the Columbia in late March till late April. Then move into the Lewis,Cowlitz, and Willamette after that. So be sure to book now for prime dates. Feel free to give me a call to go over any details as well. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
1087 Lewis River Rd Suite #139
Woodland Washington 98674
360-513-2331
www.columbiariverfish.com
Team Three River Marine Pro Staff
G-Loomis Pro Staff

Fishery managers predict 470,000 Columbia River spring Chinook in 2010

SALEM, Ore. -- The technical committee advising Columbia River fishery managers has released its forecast for the 2010 spring Chinook run. If the fish show up as projected, the forecast of 470,000 spring Chinook would be the largest return to the Columbia since 1938.

The forecasted run is up significantly from last year’s final run of 169,300 fish.

Because of challenges in forecasting the spring Chinook returns in recent years, members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had to reconsider the model they have used in past years to predict the number of returning fish.

According to Stuart Ellis, current chair of the TAC and fisheries scientist with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), committee members were leery of the record number of spring Chinook “jacks” counted at Bonneville Dam in 2009. Jacks are immature, precocious males that return after just one or two years in the ocean.

In the past few years, forecasts relying heavily on jack counts from the previous season had overstated the actual return of adult fish by an average of 45 percent. An accurate preseason forecast is necessary to set commercial and recreational harvest levels that meet treaty obligations under U.S. v Oregon and conservation mandates to protect fish runs listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Ellis said this year the committee considered several additional models that took into account other factors such as ocean conditions.

“The number of jacks that returned in 2009 was four times greater than anything we’ve seen before, which made the number a statistical anomaly,” Ellis said. “At the same time, we know the environment for young salmon appears to be changing and we need to account for that.”

“We’re still projecting a strong return for upriver spring Chinook salmon next year, but we needed to temper last year’s jack return with other indicators of spring Chinook abundance,” he added.

The seven models chosen by TAC generated a range of predicted run sizes from 366,000 to 528,000 adults. The committee members agreed on 470,000 as an average of the models. This forecast will now be used by the managers to develop preseason fishing plans.

Washington Bonneville Pool Tributaries
Adult Spring Chinook
2009 Returns and 2010 Forecasts
 The 2009 total return of adult spring Chinook to the Washington Bonneville Pool tributaries was slightly less than the pre-season forecasts.
 A total of 18,500 adult spring Chinook were predicted to return to the Wind and Klickitat rivers plus Drano Lake in 2009; the actual return was 16,900.
 The three year-old jack returns to all three tributaries were the highest or second highest since at least the 1970s.
 There have been challenges in recent years forecasting returns to these areas and several new models were explored to predict Wind River and Drano Lake returns for 2010.
 Unlike most upriver spring Chinook returns, the Klickitat River has more of a proven track record and the Yakama Nation used standard regression models for the 2010 forecast.
 The 2010 pre-season forecast for all three areas is 47,400 adults.
 The majority of the adults returning in 2010 are expected to be four year-olds.

Wind River
 2009 actual adult return was 4,650; pre-season forecast 6,900.
 The 1,200 three year-old jacks that returned in 2009 were the second highest since at least 1970 (highest was 1,500 fish in 1971).
 The 2010 pre-season forecast is 14,000 adults.
 The 2010 return would be the largest since 2003 and over 300% greater than the recent five year average.

Drano Lake
 2009 actual adult return was 10,700; pre-season forecast 9,600.
 The 2009 return was slightly greater than the recent ten year average.
 The 3,150 three year-old jacks that returned in 2009 were the highest since at least 1970 and 470% greater than the previous high of 664 fish in 1976.
 The 2010 pre-season forecast of 28,900 adults would be the largest since at least 1970 (largest to date is 17,600 adults in 2002).

Klickitat River (forecast provided by the Yakama Nation)
 2009 actual adult return was 1,500; pre-season forecast 2,000.
 The 2009 return was slightly less than the recent five year average.
 The 1,250 three year-old jacks that returned in 2009 were the second highest since at least 1977 (highest was 2,900 fish in 1979).
 The 2010 pre-season forecast is 4,500 adults.
 The 2010 return would be the second largest since at least 1977 (largest is 5,250 fish in 1989; however, that return included 4,100 four year-old Carson stock adults. The 2010 return would be the largest return of Klickitat only fish

FISHING REPORT: 12-5-2009
It is time to get on the books for Winter Steelhead. There is a good push of fish starting to make there way into the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers. This weekend marks the kick off for winter runs and we should be into full swing by December 10th. We will be primarily fishing with light tackle and side drifting to catch these chrome acrobats. These winter steelhead love to jump and go for long runs, we commonly catch many winter fish over 15 pounds and several in the 20 pound class. So if you are just looking for some great steelhead fishing or for that trophy 20 pounder we will be able to make that happen for you. Some of you may have family coming into town for the holidays and this would be a great opportunity for them to experience one of the Northwest greatest fisheries. We have steelhead dates available Dec – March with mid Dec to mid Jan being the peak for early run fish and mid Feb – mid March the peak for late run fish. Be sure to get back to us right away for the best dates.
We are also offering our fishing Gift certificates for the sportsman in the family, office or friend. These make great gifts. You can buy the whole trip for that special someone or just an amount towards the trip. We are offing special rates for these gifts and any trips booked for the rest of this year or dates for 2010 for a limited time. Please contact us for specifics.
I will enjoy fishing with you for the rest of this year and look forward to many great trips to come in 2010!! Feel free to contact me to go over any details.

Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
1087 Lewis River Rd Suite #139
Woodland Washington 98674
360-513-2331
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FISHING REPORT: 10-20-2009

Hi Guys
This fall has really turned out to be one to remember!!! There are so many salmon in the tributary rivers it is crazy. The SW Washington Rivers have hundreds of thousands of surplus hatchery Coho this year and they are in some of the best shape I have ever seen!!! These Coho are CHROME!!!! The fish are averaging in the 8-10 pound range with many over 15 pounds with sea lice as well. Most of these Coho are being caught on light tackle (8lb line) and freshly cured salmon eggs for bait. We hooked over a dozen fish in 2 1/2 hours today. I am telling you NOW is the time to get out for some Awesome Coho fishing. We are still catching some nice Kings as well. We have caught two fish over 50 pounds this year and many over forty. One was 51.8 and the other 56!!!! These are the biggest fish we have ever put to the boat. What a blast!!!! There will be great salmon catching opportunity now till Thanksgiving. Give us a call and get booked while you can. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
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Hi Guys
As we head into late May it is time to get ready for some awesome Sturgeon and Summer Steelhead fishing!!! The Shad (a bait fish) have made there way into the Columbia River. The river will be flooded with millions of them before you know it and the MONSTER OVERSIZED Sturgeon are on the bite NOW!! Oversized Sturgeon love to eat Shad. These awesome fish are 9-12 feet in length and can weigh near a thousand pounds!!! Let me tell you this is a fight of a lifetime for sure. I would have to say it is one of the biggest fish you can catch in the world. Oversized Sturgeon can be over 100 years old. Be sure to eat your "Wheaties" for these trips. Grab a rod and hang on!!!!!! This is a limited fishery I will only be fishing them till the second week of June.

The Keeper Sturgeon is off the a great start as well. If you like to catch lots of fish this is the fishery for you. It is common to have 30-50 fish days with limits of Keepers (38"-54")!!! There are fish being caught now in the Columbia River Gorge and we will move down to the lower Columbia River out of Astoria Oregon in early June to get into the best Keeper fishing around. The fish we catch there fight like crazy and are fat with fresh bait (Anchovies-Shrimp) from the river!!! We mainly fish shallow water with light tackle and gear. We will be catching Keeper Sturgeon till July 4th.

The Summer Steelhead are making a good show as well. We have been picking up good numbers of fish and it will continue to get better every week as we move into summer. This is one of my most favorite fisheries. There is nothing like hooking into one of these silver bullets. Steelhead are the acrobats of the the Pacific Northwest. We use the highest in quality gear and very light tackle. This is one of those fisheries that you just know you are going to catch fish and have a fun day!!!! The Steelhead have averaged 10 pounds the last couple years and with the fish we have been seeing this year it looks like they will be Big fish again this year. This is more intimate fishing on smaller streams. We will be fishing for Summer Steelhead now till early September.

Be sure to book now for prime dates. Feel free to give me a call to go over any questions or details. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
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Hi
 Spring Salmon fishing will be into full swing in the next couple weeks. There is over 300,000 fish on their way!!! This is the third highest return since 1938. So get ready for some awesome fishing this spring. I have very few morning dates left for the season (Wednesdays- Saturdays) and peak time afternoon dates are going fast as well. So be sure to book Now. You do not want to miss out on this awesome fishery!!!
 
There is still a Hot Sturgeon bite as well!! We have had a great return of Smelt (bait fish) back to the Cowlitz River over the last couple weeks and that has kept the sturgeon coming in with aggressive appetites. I still have a couple of theses dates left as well before we swing into Springer full force. The season is Thursdays- Saturdays.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife just came out today that a return of more than one million Columbia River Coho salmon - the largest run since 2001 - is expected to brighten fishing prospects this year from the Washington coast to the Upper Columbia River. Also a run of over 500,000 Fall King Salmon!!! This is going to be one of the best fall seasons ever. We will start this off at the famous Buoy 10 in the lower Columbia River and then follow them up stream for a second and third shot at them. Be sure to book Now to get prime dates.

I look forward to a great year of fishing and good times on the water with you. Feel free to contact me to go over any details or help you in planning you North West Fishing Adventure. You can also book all your travel needs at my travel website below.
 
 
 
Thanks, God Bless
Erik Brigham
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Hi

I just wanted to get a quick up date out there. The Sturgeon fishing is still really great with lots of action. There is a run of Smelt coming in from the lower Columbia which will keep the Sturgeon bite active of the next 2 months. Sturgeon is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

The 2009 run of Spring Salmon for the Columbia River is going to be the third largest on record. That means more fish then last year and that was a ton of fish!!!! We limited out almost everyday. The Spring Salmon are the best in the world because of the high oil content and very rich flavor. This is a fishery you don’t want to miss out on. I would have to say it is the prized fishery of the Northwest!!! Be sure to get on the books now to get prime dates since this is a limited fishery. Feel free to give me a call or reply to this email to go over any details for getting you out for some awesome fishing!! .I can also arrange for all your personal and business travel needs and accommodations.

God Bless
Thanks, Erik Brigham
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FISHING REPORT 1-11-2009

Hi
Sturgeon fishing is Hot Right Now!! With all this high muddy water and flooding we have had a ton of fish move into the rivers and they are on a feeding frenzy!!!! Now with the water dropping fishing will even get better. This last week has brought Keeper fish for almost everyone and the fish are really fat with white bellies (very fresh fish)!!! We have new rules for 2009 the days we can fish are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Keepers are now a 38-inch from tip of nose to the fork of tail length to 54-inch fork of tail length. Sturgeon fishing is a very fun and relaxing fishery with lots of action. You catch 30 to 50 fish most days and get everyone their Keeper. This time of year it is not uncommon to hook into a monster oversized Sturgeon 10+ foot long as well!!! From the photos below you can see what you would be looking at catching and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity for some awesome Sturgeon fishing. I am also running a discount on the trips that are booked by 1-14-09. Please feel free to contact me to go over the details and we will get you booked in. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

God Bless
Thanks, Erik Brigham
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FISHING REPORT 12-1-2008
HI, it is time for the latest report and outlook. I would like to start off by saying that 2008 has been another awesome year of fishing and great times!! I started it off in February by becoming a Christian and meeting the Lord since then things in my life, family, and business have been unbelievable!!! I have also added two full time guys to my crew. Capitan Mike Sutton and Captain Justin McCullough have become a great aspect to the future of this business. Both of these guys are fully licensed Guides and have vast knowledge of the Northwest waters and fisheries. Most of you have met them helping out on trips over this year. I look forward to growing the business with these great guys. They will keep the same integrity that you would expect fishing with me personally.


I have also for your convenience started an online travel booking business that will make it easier for you to book your rooms and flight for your fishing trips with us or for your personal or business travel. Check out “Columbia River Travel” at www.ytbtravel.com/riverrun we look forward to meeting all of your fishing and personal expectations.
With the year coming to an end we will be finishing 2008 up with Winter Steelhead and Keeper Sturgeon. The Winter Steelhead run has started to make a show into the Lewis and Cowlitz rivers. Within the next week we should see the Steelhead run head into full swing peaking somewhere near Christmas and early January. These Chrome bright fish will warm you up on the coolest of days with smashing bites and multiple jumps!!! The fish I have seen so far this season have been BIG again like last year averaging 11-14 pounds. We will be free drifting bait and corkies-yarn with light tackle for these HOT fish.
The Sturgeon bite has been good in the Columbia River near the Gorge and the Willamette is also putting out some really nice keeper fish. As the winter water temps drops off the Sturgeon will head for the warmer water and start piling up in the deep holes. There is a lot of action on Sturgeon trips. Most days we hookup with 30+ fish great fun and good eating!!!
I am also taking booking for 2009 Spring Salmon. The forecasted run is going to be at nearly 300,000 fish again in the Columbia River and with the crazy amount of Jacks that we caught last year I would expect this to be something you can count on. Late March – April will be the opportunity for them in the Columbia then we will head into the tributaries till late May. These dates will go fast so don’t wait!! I book two thirds of my prime dates for the whole year by late January.
I also have Gift Certificates available for Christmas for the sportsman in the family. You can book a whole trip or just money towards the total price. What ever works for you? I am running a $20.00 off on all trips booked for gift cards.
I would like to thank you all that made it out in 2008 and for those of you that have not made it yet we look forward to hooking up with you. Feel free to contact me to go over any question or details. Here are a few great shots from this year. Enjoy!!!!

God Bless-Happy Holidays
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Fishing News
10-30-2008

Hi,  It is time for the latest update. The rain is finally here!!!!!!! Yes we are celebrating rain. It is hard to believe that here in the Northwest we are wanting rain. Our October has been very dry this year which has kept the main run of fish from coming in to Tillamook Bay. With the next six days forecasted for rain there should be an awesome push of fish headed into the bay and lower bay rivers. These fish are anxious to come in and will be very aggressive biters once they get a taste of the fresh water. The Tillamook Bay fish are the biggest salmon in the Northwest averaging 30-40lbs.Here are a couple shots from last year you can see how big and nice these fish are!!!!!! The rest of this month will the best time to go this year with the ideal conditions coming on now. We will follow this fish into the lower Bay Rivers as they move up also. If you are looking for some BIG FISH action let me know and we will get you out for a great day on the water.
I am also taking bookings for Winter Steelhead we are expecting another great run of fish to the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. These silver bullets are acrobats with many jumps and flips. A winter Steelhead will warm you up on the coldest of days. The main run will be December and January then we will have a late run February and March. We will mainly be free drifting with light tackle for them.
I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Feel free to give me a call to go over any questions or details.

Thanks, Erik Brigham
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The Fall Kings (Chinooks) and Coho (Silvers) are here!!! We kicked off the season in mid August with limits of fish all but one day at the Buoy 10 fishery on the lower Columbia River. The action was some of the best I have ever seen. The run this year is near 400,000 fish this year for Kings and the Fish and Game department decided yesterday to upgrade it another 25,000 fish. The dam counts this year are at record numbers!! The Coho run has been unbelievable also. These fish have been running a 15 pound average and we have caught many in the 20 pound range. These things are Tanks!!!

So now with the lower river closed and the fish on the move up river we will be catching them in the main stem Columbia River through September 16th. Then move into the tributaries of the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers. We will be catching Kings and Coho’s pretty much through the end of the year in these areas.

We will have a detour around October 10 – early November for the Hawgs of Tillamook Bay!!!! These fish are Pigs averaging in the 30- 40 pound range. They are only 1hour out of the Pacific Ocean. This time of year it is hard to beat these fish. They are so bright and awesome!!!

So with better then expected numbers of fish this year and above average size this fall will be a great opportunity for some great hooking action and god times. Get with me as soon as possible since remaining dates are limited. Here are some great shots of what we are looking at this year. Enjoy!!! I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks Erik
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Fishing News
6-15-2008


The Summer Run Steelhead is red hot!!!!!!!! There is a ton of fish for this early in the year. We are hooking up with lots of fish (5-9) most days and are getting some really nice fish this year averaging 10-12 pounds. There are some nice big fish also like this one in the upper teens that we caught two days ago. Let me tell you these summer run are a hot fish!!!! They go for long runs and jump many times. We are using ultra light gear (G-Loomis 1141) and free drifting small baits for these silver bullets. The sun is finally here and summer runs are in full swing so for some hot steelhead action get a hold of me and we will get you hooked up. We will be fishing for summer steelhead now through late August. Here are a few photos from last week. Enjoy!! I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
Also with these higher river flows this summer it will give you a rare opportunity for some great small stream drift boat fishing. So if you are looking for a new drift boat the guys at Three Rivers Marine are now a Willies boat as well as an Alumaweld dealer. I know they have some great deals up there right now.

Thanks Erik
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Fishing News
4-5-2008

It is SPRINGER TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The run this year so far has been way better then anticipated. The fishing is usually not this good till mid April and we are getting limits most days NOW!! The run will only get better as the season builds. I am anticipating adding the option of some afternoon trips to the schedule as well. With this many fish coming back now in the main stem Columbia our tributary fishing later in the season should be awesome!!! This year is defiantly the time to get out and stock up on some great NW Spring Chinook. The Columbia River will be open till the end of April and we will be fishing for Springer’s in the tributaries till late May. So get a day booked while you still can. Feel free to contact me to go over any questions or details. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Fishing News
3-5-2008

Our late run Steelhead have really started to kick in we are getting good #s of Hatchery fish and some beauty Natives like this one here caught last week. We will be fishing Southwestern Washington Rivers for these silver bullets. We have been free drifting and running divers and bait. The peak of the late fish should be through the next two- three weeks.

The Sturgeon bite will be picking up again this week and next. The water temps and tides will be favoring us. Last week was slower due to the morning incoming tide. Smelt have been the bait of choice in the Columbia and Willamette rivers. We will be hooking the keepers till the Springer’s show up. We can only catch and keep Thursdays- Sundays.

         

The Spring Salmon is just around the corner. With this massive run of fish that we are getting back this year it is going to be Great!!! I have seen several Salmon being killed by sea lions on our sturgeon trips (3 or 4 a day) so it looks like there is a good amount of fish headed up already. So when the Columbia reopens later this month it should be good fishing right away. After the Columbia closes end of April we will head into the tributaries and continue to hook these fish till late May. So make sure you book now to get the best dates. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Have a great day!!!

Thanks Erik
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Fishing News
2-12-2008


We are hitting a great time of year when the fishing opportunities are good and the Spring Salmon are just weeks away!!! Thanks to all of the hard work done by the sports fishermen, sport fishing industries and sports groups we are going to have an awesome opportunity to fish for the third largest run on record for the upper Columbia River. We will have the Columbia open to keep Salmon through the end of April which means we will have the chance to catch these Northwest prized fish through the peak of the run. We have not been able to do this since the early 2000s so get ready for the best spring salmon fishing in quite a few years. Big fish and lots of them!! Here are a couple shots from last year. I can’t wait!!!!

Our sturgeon fishery this winter has been above average and continues to produce limits of keeper most days and even a few oversized hawgs like this 10 ft pig below. This will continue through mid March and with the warming water temps it is only getting better. We are getting lots of action on theses trips!!!!

The late Winter Steelhead are making a good show here the last week or so also. We are getting some really nice chrome hatchery fish in some rivers and the big Natives are coming in as well. Some people do not realize but your chances of getting a 20+ pound Steelhead here in SW Washington are as good as rivers in the Washington peninsula. So if you’re looking to catch some nice steelhead these next few weeks will be the time. Here is a shot of a nice 17 pound fish Steelhead.

I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. Hang on for an awesome up and coming season. Feel free to contact me to go over any questions or details.

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Fishing News 1-22-2008

There are still good numbers of steelhead around we are even getting some late run fish in already. We are expecting a really strong late run. I will be fishing for these for the next month. The late run fish are typically the BIGGER fish averaging in the 12-14 pound range. I will be on the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers. The Sturgeon bite has really picked up this last week with a small push of smelt that have come into the Columbia. There has even been a pilot run in the Cowlitz. With the smelt coming in this early we should have an awesome season. The water temp has been perfect also. For all of you that want to get into some great Sturgeon fishing before the Springer’s hit. The next 6 weeks will be the time. The fish we have been getting are very fresh with white bellies and sharp spines.
Don’t forget this years Springer run coming up. We are expecting 300,000 fish back this year it is going to be a phenomenal year. I have been booking lots of trips for this year so get booked in while you can. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

  Fishing News 1-10-2008  
 Ok guys it is time to get hooked up on these winter steelhead. Let’s get ready and booked for 2008 Springer’s. The steelhead fishing has been great most days and these fish are awesome. We are getting lots of big fish also. Look at the 18 pound PIG that Shawn caught yesterday. What a fish!!!! I will be targeting winter steelhead for the next couple months till we start hitting the Springer’s in mid March. This years run is going to be the 3rd largest on record. So make sure you get booked before it is too late. I am really excited about this up and coming season. We will have a blast!!! Forget the fishing lets go catching. I will also be running some Sturgeon trips in between. There has been good numbers of fish already and will increase as the sturgeon anticipate the Smelt run. With or with out the Smelt run they will be very hungry and aggressive by mid February. Check out the photos of some recent trips and look forward to the Springer’s at the bottom!!!! I will talk to you soon.
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Fishing News 1-1-2008

I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!!! We are kicking 2008 off this year fishing for winter steelhead. We are getting good numbers of fish most days and with the way it is going we should continue to have a great winter run through mid March. From the photos below you can see that we have purchased a new boat and look for 2008. It is an Alumaweld 23ft Three Rivers Marine model it can comfortably accommodate 6 passengers. Those guys up there really know what they are doing. The boat is dialed!!! I highly recommend that if you are looking for a new boat or need some work done Three Rivers Marine will get it done for you. I have also been running some keeper sturgeon trips lately and the fishing is the best I have seen it for this time of year in a long time. We even caught a 7footer!!! What a day.

 Ok guys it is time to get hooked up on these winter steelhead. Let’s get ready and booked for 2008 Springer’s. The steelhead fishing has been great most days and these fish are awesome. We are getting lots of big fish also. Look at the 18 pound PIG that Shawn caught yesterday. What a fish!!!! I will be targeting winter steelhead for the next couple months till we start hitting the Springer’s in mid March. This years run is going to be the 3rd largest on record. So make sure you get booked before it is too late. I am really excited about this up and coming season. We will have a blast!!! Forget the fishing lets go catching. I will also be running some Sturgeon trips in between. There has been good numbers of fish already and will increase as the sturgeon anticipate the Smelt run. With or with out the Smelt run they will be very hungry and aggressive by mid February. Check out the photos of some recent trips and look forward to the Springer’s at the bottom!!!! I will talk to you soon.
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We are expecting a record run of spring Chinooks this year and by the looks of it we will be hitting it hot and heavy by late March early April. The spring fish are the best!! I have weekday and some weekend dates still available but these wont last long. I book 2/3rds of my prime dates for the year by the end of January. So get in there while you can. With the run being big this year we will most likely be running double trips during prime time. We are also geared up for large groups with multiple boats.
I hope 2008 will bring you an awesome year and I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks Erik
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REPORTS BELOW ARE FROM 2007 & BEFORE

Hi

It is time for the winter steelhead. We are getting good number of fish back to the Lewis and Cowlitz Rivers. We will be free drifting for these silver bullets and some diver and bait techniques. The fish I have seen the last week are really nice averaging in the 10+ pound range. So far this winter it looks like the run is strong and will continue through the next couple months. We are anticipating another good run this year and with water levels that are fishable I expect some great fishing!!!

Do not forget it never the early to book for 2008. With the jack count we had this year (3rd highest on record!!!!!) we are expecting an awesome run of Spring Chinook. I am running a “SPECIAL RATE” from now to the end of the year for all trips that are booked for 2008 there will be a $25 per person discount.

 Christmas is closer then we think don't forget that we offer GIFT CERTIFICATES for the sportsman or woman in the family we are offering a discount for the holidays on gift certificates also. I look forward to talking and fishing with you soon. 

Thanks Erik
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Fishing Report 11-15-2007

It is time to get ready for the Winter Kings and Steelhead. The rivers have just come up with this rain and should be filling with fish as they do. I know this first push of fish will have a mixed bag of Kings, Silvers and Steelhead. This will make for a great opportunity to get either or all species. There is nothing like hooking into a 25lbs plus Winter King or chasing chrome bright Winter Steelhead up and down the river. These fish are very powerful and full of fight to make it up these rivers under the winter conditions of faster water and cooler temperatures while we stay warm and in the comfort of our new 23ft heated sled. Thanks again to the crew at Three Rivers Marine for making it a great experience. We will be fishing the Winter Kings mid to late December and start fishing for Steelhead here after Thanksgiving through February.   

 Erik’s World Class Fishing Adventures has gone north. Starting summer 2008 we will be offering guided fishing and lodging in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula under the name of “ERIK’S NORTH”. We will be fishing many rivers such as the Kasilof, Kenai, Ninilchik, Deep Creek, and Anchor Rivers for Kings, Coho, Sockeye, Pinks. There also will be opportunities for World class Rainbows and Halibut fishing. This will be a “Turn Key” operation all you will need is to show up and leave the rest to us we will take care of all your needs, meals and accommodations. There is limited entry for 2008 but we are already compiling list for 2009. So to get you hooked up for an Awesome Alaska adventures with us please feel free to contact me directly for more info and booking requirements.

  Christmas is closer then we think don’t forget that we offer GIFT CERTIFICATES for the sportsman or woman in the family we are offering a discount for the holidays on gift certificates also.

 I look forward to talking and fishing with you soon. I also hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

Thanks Erik  
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Hi, it is time for the latest update. The the fishing for the rest of this fall will for the big hawgs of Tillamook Bay and Winter Kings. These fish are awesome to say the least!! Most of the fish this year have been in the high 30 pound class and many over 40 pounds!!! I am heading down there this week and we will be catching these fish over the next few months in to Mid December. Tillamook has just kicked into gear and will really be fired up with these resent rains any day. We are expecting a good run of fish this year. Most of the fishing will be done by trolling herring or spinners. There is nothing like hooking a 40 pound king in 8 foot of water and watching it explode into an awesome fight!! These fish just go crazy. It is common for them to go for long runs up to 50 yard with the dorsal fin out of the water and then turning and charging straight back to you reeling as fast as you can then back out for another run. Wow what a blast!!
Feel free to contact me for more info or to book a great day of fishing and fun. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks Erik
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The Summer Steelhead run just keeps running and is getting better as it moves on. It is time to go NOW!!!! We are getting good numbers of fish everyday. This has been a typical day. A lot of these fish have been in the 12 – 13 pound range and some really nice chrome fresh fish. We will be hooking the beauties for the next 2 weeks then it is off to Buoy 10 for some fresh Chinook and Coho salmon. I have had a few holes open up in my schedule. So for some great fishing and an awesome day on the water you can contact me at 360-513-2331. I look forward to hooking up with you soon.
Thanks Erik
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Fishing Report

July 16th, 2007

It is time for the latest update. The Steelhead run is really starting to heat up the last few days. The counts over Bonneville have doubled and will continue to grow over the next month. We are free drifting for Summer Steelhead on the Lewis and Cowlitz Rivers. The floods from last winter have really changed these rivers for the better. There are many new holes. Most of the drifts have really cleaned up as far as snags and seem to hold more fish!!!! Here is a photo of a nice Steelhead from last week from the Cowlitz. The fish are BIG again this year. Most of them are averaging 10 pounds!!! The way the run has gone so far this season I anticipate that it will continue to grow everyday and will last well past mid August. We were catching good numbers of the fish into the second week of September last year.

I am also booking trips for Fall Chinooks and Coho. We will start catching these beauties in mid to late August. The Coho run is forecasted to be 30% more them last year which will make for some great catching opportunities. They are calling for a good run for kings also. We will start off catching these fish in the lower Columbia out of Astoria and then following them up the Columbia ending up in the Lewis by mid September. Here is a photo of Bob Loomis with some nice Chinooks from the Lewis. What a great day!!! I have some good dates still available for both of these awesome fisheries. So feel free to contact me anytime to book a trip or go over any questions you may have. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks Erik
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Hi,

It is time for the latest report and the fishing schedule for the year. Right now with the water finally on the drop again we can expect the winter Steelhead fishing to get into high gear any day!!! We have been waiting to get onto the Cowlitz to get some action on the 6 fish limit!! The water condition have not allowed for it till now. This will be a good fishery through mid February. Then we will move to the Lewis for some great winter steelhead fishing. Here is a photo of a 25lb Native that we caught early march last year!!!! What a Hawg. The guys had this replica made and man it turned out great. This is truly a fish of a life time.

With the showing of Smelt in the Columbia and the Cowlitz our winter Sturgeon fishing will get fired up soon also. This is a great time to kick back by the heater enjoy a beautiful winter day and hook into some nice fat fresh winter Sturgeon.

Most of my trips for the year are booked by mid February and this year it look like the Columbia River spring salmon fishery will be limited. You will want to make sure you can get into the first crack at the best fish in the NW and the best dates for the other awesome fisheries we have here in the NW. As far as the Schedule for the year it will go like this.

-Winter Steelhead and Sturgeon, January - mid March.

-Spring Salmon, mid March – mid May.

-Oversized and Keeper Sturgeon, mid May – 4th of July.

-Summer run Steelhead, 4th of July – August 10th.

-Fall kings Buoy 10, August 10th – August 31st.

-Fall kings (Upper River bright) September 1st – mid September.

-Lewis River kings, Tillamook Bay, mid September – mid November.

-Winter kings and Steelhead, mid November – December.

I look forward to another great year of fishing with you and good times. Let me know what dates will work best for you and we will make it happen for you here are some great shots from previous trips. Talk to you soon.

Thanks,
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fish Adventures
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360-513-2331
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G-Loomis Pro Staff

Fishing Report 12-3-2006

Time for another update. If you missed out on the last one we are putting the hurt on these winter kings no matter the water conditions!!! We will be getting theses Hawgs through the end of the year. They have upgraded the run to 12,000 fish and it rocks!!! Check out these chromers from our recent trips. Awesome fish!!! There will be winter steelhead in any day also. That will carry us into the New Year and then keep us busy till the Springers show up. For those of you still looking for a great gift for someone I am offering a $40.00 savings on Gift Certificates for the holidays. The price is $125.00 per person. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
I hope your holidays and New Year are a great one!!

Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fish Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff

FISHING REPORT 11-16-2006
It is time for some “high water kings” Don’t be fooled by this high dirty water we are having. We put the hurt on these fish today. Check out the photo of the double. What a killer day!! All these fish were over 30 pounds and full of fight. This one here was upper 30 pound class and took us a half mile down stream. Wow!! What a fight. Last week they up graded the run of late fall kings (winter king) to 12,000 fish. That will make for a lot more days of fishing like it was today. This run will last till Christmas. There is also some winter run steelhead coming in. We will be in to them heavy soon. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks,
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fish Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff

 
FISHING REPORT 11-5-2006

It is time for the latest update. We are still picking up nice Kings and will be through mid December. The Winter King will be coming any day!! Here are a couple photos of what we are catching!! We will start fishing for Steelhead mid November on the Cowlitz and late December on the Lewis. We have a week of rains coming and that will really get the winter fishery off to a great start.
For all of you that are looking for a great gift for Christmas I am offering a Christmas special on gift certificates $125.00 per person. I can make them and get them out right away. I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks,
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fish Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff

FISHING REPORT & UPDATE 11-1-2005

It is time for the latest update. We are getting good numbers of Chinook Salmon still and with these resent hard rains the Winter Chinooks and Steelhead will be here any day!! We have already picked up 3 of the Winter Chinooks this last week and the hatchery has received a dozen or so Winter Steelhead back to the trap. This will make for some great action this late fall and into Winter. Here is a photo of some nice Chinooks we have picked up lately. Nice fish!! The Winter Chinook are a bigger fish running 25-40 pounds. These fish are chrome bright also. We will be hooking into them through mid December. The Steelhead are you typical 9-12 pound fish. Then latter in the run we get into the big boys 16-20 pounds. These Winter steelhead are a blast!! We will mainly be free drifting for these.
As far as the Sturgeon fishing goes It has been great also. The photo here is of a 58 and 59 incher last week. We had another keeper and some oversized to. It was a great day. Remember sturgeon is only open Thursdays, Fridays ,and Saturdays. There are a ton of these fish to catch in the Gorge. So if Sturgeon is the fish for you this will be a great time to go.
So to book a trip or get more info feel free to contact me anytime. Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
Thanks
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff


FISHING REPORT & UPDATE 9-23-2005
It is time for the latest and greatest. This Fall has been good so far for Chinooks and with the Columbia now closed we will be shifting gears to the smaller rivers like the Lewis and Oregon coast bays like Tillamook and Nehalem. The fishing this year should be good in the bays this year due to rough seas in the ocean this year for the commercial guys. That means there should be more fish for us!!! If you are looking to catch one of those 40+ pound Chinooks this will be the place to do that. We do catch many in that class on the Lewis also. So if you want to get them a little closer this will be the place for you. We will be catching these fish through the first week of December.
October 1st the Keeper Sturgeon fishing will open again. Fishing will be great since the fish have not seen any bait or pressure for months. There are also some Oversized still around up there to. That can make for a fun day catching your keepers then finishing the day off with a nice 10 footer!!! The Columbia will only be open to catch and keep on Thursdays,Fridays,and Saturdays.
We are also taking booking for Winter Steelhead. We will start fishing for them in November though December for the first run and the second run going into March.The Cowlitz will provide us with lots of action for the yearly fish and if you want to hook into a 20+ the Lewis will be the place for that in the latter run.
These fisheries will keep us in the fish through the winter and give you a real variety of fish and places to see here in the Northwest. I would like to thanks all of you that have been out this year and look forward to fishing with those new ones that are in upcoming trips.For more info or if I can help you in planning your trip feel free to contact me and we will make it happen for you. I am Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff


FISHING REPORT & UPDATE 6-17-2005
It is time for the latest fishing update. We are officially in to our summer Steelhead and Sturgeon season. The Steelheading is off to a good start with a higher return of fish back to the hatchery then last year. So that should make for a better year then last year. That will be hard to beat. Many of those days we were done early with our limits of these chrome bright fish!! The fish that we have been catching lately have been bigger then the last few years also running 10 - 15 lbs. I do have some dates available for this and I'm working close with a couple of other great guides for taking larger groups. This year we will be using our new G-Loomis 1141 GL-3 rods to catch these acrobats. Let me tell you what a difference. You can feel more, the fight is more fun then you can imagine, and we catch more fish. I have updated all our rods to Loomis and I have to say they are the best!! Here is a photo of a nice catch of Steelies!!
Sturgeon has been good as well. The trophy fish(7-12 ft) are in full swing up at Bonneville with multiple fish being caught everyday. Most days we will start off catching Shad for bait. That is alot of fun!! There is 10's of thousands of these 2-5 lb fish going over the dam everyday. Most of the time you can hardly keep them off the line!! So using light tackle and fishing in shallow water makes for a great way to catch alot of fish and get you warmed up for the BIG BOYS.
Keeper sized Sturgeon has been very good also. We started off in the gorge this season, but have changed gears and I am now taking most of the keeper trips down to the estuary (Astoria). These fish are Fat and full of power for a great fight!! In the estuary we can keep fish 45 - 60 inches. Here is a photo of some nice keepers from a lately. Great day!! So to get hooked in to this great fishery let me know and we will get you in for an awesome time!!
Let's not forget August is right around the corner. That means Big fall Chinooks!! Last year was phenomenal with limits almost every day.When I started using the Dees Flashers It really made a huge difference. The rods that were using them caught twice as many fish. I would Highly recommend them for salmon of any type or season. We used them this spring and they even worked there. Dees Flasher Rock!! Check them out at www.deesflashers.com .
I will start that off at Buoy 10. The first trip will be Aug 10th. We are going to have another good year. The numbers are said to be a little down from last year but still very high. Bookings have been filling fast due to the Lewis and Clark celebration on the coast this year. Heads up. You will want to make accommodations soon.
I would like to thank all of you that have fished with me for years and look forward to meeting the new ones I have for up coming trips. My goal is to provide you with the best fishing experience you can find and do every thing possible to catch you that fish of a life time.
I would also like to thank Scott at Three Rivers Marine for helping me with the purchase of the new boat last fall and the continued concern and support of the staff at Three Rivers Marine. They are the best Alumaweld dealer around!! You might have to drive the extra miles to get there but they will go the extra mile for you!! If you are in the market for a new boat Scott will give you the best and most honest deal around. You can reach him at 425-415-1575.
I am looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon. If there is anything I can do to help you plan your trip or answer any questions feel free to contact me any time. Remember we "Guarantee" fish and we can accommodate for lodging, car rentals and fish processing also.
Fish On!!!
Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff

 


It is time for the latest update. There has started to be a few Springer's caught in the past week or so. It is still quite early for these. The fishery won't really get going till the third week of March. I know we all can't wait!! We hooked and released one on February 11th while we were Steelhead fishing. That is the earliest yet. As far as dates go for Spring salmon. I am totally booked for the month of April. I will be running double trip days from mid April to mid May. I do have some dates available for afternoon trips at that time or if you want to be on the standby list just let me know. As far as open dates I have a few in March and May. This is going to be another great year!!!! Here is a photo of some from last season.
We have still been mainly Steelhead fishing. We are getting some really nice Natives also(18-20.lbs). I talked to the guy at the Cowlitz hatchery and he said that they have finally started to get some of the fish in from the late run of Steelhead. He said it should get good here in the next week or so and go right into Springer season.
Sturgeon has been fair. We really need the Smelt to show. The Columbia river temps have been colder then usual again this year which has kept the bite down a little. But with the river temp on the rise with these nice warm days we are having and the Smelt coming any day. Things should get fired up really soon!!
I hope your winter has been going well and I look forward to fishing and talking to you soon. For more info or to book a trip please contact me at 360-513-2331 or www.columbiariverfish.com
Thanks Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331
Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff


  It is time for the latest update. First thing I would like talk about is the Spring  Salmon  season in the Columbia. For those of you that were out there last year it was some of the best springer fishing I have ever seen!! Easy Limits. We are expecting close to the same number of fish this year, but the Bonneville fishery is going to be limited. We will only be able to fish it 3 days a week!!!! Sundays - Tuesdays.  Those days are going fast on the schedule so get in while you can!! The lower river and the tributaries will still be open 7 days a week. We will definitely catch fish there also. It is just hard to beat that Bonneville fishery. As far as open dates for the lower river and tributaries they are also getting very full. These photos here are from the lower river last spring. This was common most days!!

     The second run of winter Steelhead are now in the river and with the water on the drop and clearing things have started to heat up again. We will be catching Steelhead  well into March. This is when you can get a chance at one of those 18lb+ fish!!!

     The Smelt have made a show in the lower Columbia and with that and the water temp on the rise the Sturgeon should be getting into full swing any day. It is common to catch 30 to 60 fish a day with keepers also. This makes for a great day with lots of action!!!

   I am looking forward to another great year fishing with you. I do have the new 23ft Alumaweld now courtesy of Three Rivers Marine and you will be fishing with the world finest G-Loomis fishing rods. All this new equipment will enhance your fishing adventure and give the edge over the other boats.

Thanks Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures

360-513-2331

Team Three Rivers Marine
G-Loomis Pro Staff

 


 

It's time for the latest report. Steelhead is still the best bet. The "B" run of winter fish has started to make a show and we have been getting some really nice fresh fish. This "B" run is going to be the bulk of the fish for the winter run. The hatcheries have been planting more fish to come back later in the year. Which as given us a great opportunity to catch these fish in good numbers all season. Now through February will be your best bet for hooking into some winter chrome!!! Here is a picture of Robby with two nice fish from last week.



We will be having a great sturgeon fishery here in the next few weeks also. Lots of fish and Fun. Don't forget that Springers will be here with in the next month and a half. I caught my first one last year on February 14th. These dates go fast so get in while you can. I will be running double trip days during the peak of the run Mid April-Mid May. Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon.

Thanks, Erik Brigham

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360-513-2331


It's time for the latest update. First I would like to thank all of you that I fished with this year. It was one to remember!! To top it off I finished up with purchasing a new 23ft Alumaweld from Three Rivers Marine. This new boat is unbelievable and will very comfortably accommodate 6 passengers. I am also now on G- Loomis' guide program. I will be upgrading my rods as the year goes on. Here is a picture of one of the first trips out with some nice chrome winter Chinook!!



We are now into our Winter fishery. That will consist of winter Steelhead and Sturgeon. Steelhead will be the main catch for now till the Sturgeon make their move up the Columbia River with the anticipation of a feeding frenzy on the Smelt. I will be fishing "Free Drifting" for Steelhead mainly on the Lewis and Cowlitz Rivers. Sturgeon will be in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.



I just received some new e-mail software so I plan on doing these updates more often. Weekly is the plan. Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon. I wish you a Happy New Year and many fish for 2005!!

Thanks again, Erik Brigham Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures

The Winter Chinook run has been very good this year so far. This fishery is one of the N.W best keep secrets. There isn't many places where you can catch a 30lbs.Chinook in November or even December. These photos are some of the fish we have caught in the last week. Can you say chrome?

Some of these fish are so fresh they still have sea lice on them!!! I will be fishing for these Chinooks in SW Washington and the Wilson river in Oregon well into December. We are mainly back-bouncing for these Chinook or Bobber fishing.


Sturgeon has been good also. With most of the fish being caught in the Gorge area. That reminds me that please remember to dress in lots of layers and bring raingear.This time of year can be unpredictable for the weather but fishing is still great.
Dungeness Crabbing Has been very good this year. Most days have had easy limits and many of these crabs have been 7+ inches.With some being over 8 inches.
There are also a few Winter run Steelhead starting to make a show in some of the SW Washington rivers. It should be a Great year for them. We will mainly be Free Drifting for the Silver Bullets.
So there are a few Different options this time of year for fishing fun!! I will be picking up the new boat by the end of the month. We had to push it out a little further do to some changes.Three Rivers Had some awsome suggestions to make it even better for your fishing enjoyment. I have to say the guys at Three Rivers Marine are great!! Don't forget with the Holidays right around the corner that we provide Gift certificates for that for the sportsman in the family.I can mail them direct to the person to receive it or I can send it to you. Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
Thanks Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
www.columbiariverfish.com
360-513-2331


Fishing Report 10-26-2004

This season has been great!! I am now moving around quit a bit. I am fishing Tillamook Bay, Wilson, Lewis Rivers for Chinooks and Crabbing trips out of Hammond. Fishing in the Bay has been good. Nothing like catching one of these monster Tillamook fish 30 seconds out of the Ocean. They are absolutely beautiful. I have been mostly trolling herring. Things in the Wilson are off to a go start. I will be pre fishing there tomorrow. As the rains continue over the next few weeks the fish will flood the river. I will be back trolling K-fish, bouncing eggs, and some bobber fishing. It sure is fun to hook a 35.lbs Chinook in a river not much wider then the boat is long. HANG ON!! The Lewis is still putting out good numbers of Chinook and the B-run Coho. Now that the water has came down. There are a few Winter Chinook also. They will really start kicking in by the end of the first week of November. These will be the options for Chinook Salmon for the rest of the year. We will be getting these fish well into December.
Sturgeon fishing opened October 1st and will run till the end of the year. You can only keep fish Thursdays-Saturdays. So keep that in mind when planning your trips. Here is a photo of some nice Keeper Sturgeon. There is usually a lot of action on these trips. It is not uncommon to catch 30-60 fish in a day.


Crabbing-Starting this year I am offering Crabbing trips out of Hammond Oregon. Crabbing can be a real blast!!! We limit on Crabs most days and send you home with lots of meat. This time of year the Crabs are Awesome!! They are above average for size this year for what I have seen. 5 3/4 inches is the minimum size. Most we are keeping have been over 6 inches. Crabbing will be good till December when the Commercials go in. I am offering a special for Crabbing trips this year $115.00 per person with a four person boat minimum. You have to love those sweet fresh Dungeness!!!

I have all so just purchased a new boat. A 23 ft Alumaweld from Three Rivers Marine in Woodinville. Those guys up there are the best!!! If you are looking for a new boat of your own or maybe a used one talk to Scott at 425-415-1575. They will do whatever it takes to make you purchase a great one and get you in boat that will work best for you.
With this new boat I will be able to accommodate 6 clients very comfortably on all of the trips I offer. So don't leave anyone behind!! On full boat trips I will be offering a special rate of $130.00 per person on a group of Six. I cant wait to come into a hole with 7 rod full of my Killer Bait. It's doubles and triples for sure!!! I will send out a photo with our first catch after the first trip.
I would like to thank all of you that have been out with me this year and look forward to fishing with you again. If you would go to the web site www.columbiariverfish.com  and check out the updates we have done. Let me know what you think.
For more info or to book a trip please contact me at 360-513-2331 or www.columbiariverfish.com. Looking forward to fishing and talking to you soon.
Thanks Erik Brigham
Erik's World Class Fishing Adventures
360-513-2331