Columbia & Klickitat Fishing Trips
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North Fork Angling Fisheries

The Klickitat River

Wild, Rugged, and Beautiful ! The Klickitat River starts from the glaciers of Mt. Adams and
flows through a remote wilderness canyon of shale rock cliffs, scrub-oaks and pines. A hatchery on the upper river is operated by the Yakama Nation and WDFW, whom manage habitat &
fish populations with stocks of young salmon & steelhead smolt. Essential to strong annual fish migrations, The Klickitat Hatchery has been in operation since 1949.

Our fishing season and Steelhead trips begin in June and finish up in November. We offer drift boat fishing trips the entire season, but concentrate our efforts more during August through October, while the water conditions are at their best and when salmon can also be harvested. This isn’t to say that the fishing is better during these months, as there are plenty of big fish in the river system during June and July, however, glacier melt-off can plague the water clarity and river levels, making it very challenging to put fish in the net.

North Fork Angling is one of only a few guide services in WA State to hold a USFS Outfitter
Permit to operate and fish a limited number of clients on the lower section of the river, which is part of The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

If you desire to fish for salmon along with steelhead; Fall Kings start coming into the river in large numbers during August and are caught regularly through October.

When the Coho or Silver salmon start to run from late September and peak in October, we will
offer trips on The Columbia at the mouth of the Klickitat River in the power boat.

The Little White Salmon (Drano Lake):

We will offer trips at Drano Lake for Spring salmon and summer steelhead as the fish counts
peak and the fishery really starts producing good catch numbers. Spring Salmon trips start in
April and will run into June; while steelhead fishing peaks in August and September. There are
some night fishing opportunities for summer steelhead so keep that in mind when booking.
We will offer trips for Fall Chinook salmon and Coho’s as the fishery allows.

The Wind River:

Wind River Spring Salmon trips run the same time as Drano and the mainstream Columbia River
seasons. Typically starting in April and running into June. Depending on the fish counts at Bonneville Dam and catch numbers from the biologists, we will offer trips and fish The Wind River confluence when the fish are in.

Hanford Reach / Priest Rapids:

Fall King Salmon fishing in September & October as the season allows and the fish are stacking
up below Priest Rapids Dam. We plan for only a limited number of Priest Rapids trips a season.

Sturgeon Fishing on The Columbia River:

Some of the most awesome fishing experiences allowed! We target keeper or oversized sturgeon on the mainstream Columbia River, below The McNary Dam, The John Day Dam, or The Dalles Dam, depending upon what open fishery is allowing the retention of keeper sized fish. Typically the keeper season is from January to June, but subject to escapement closures at anytime. Oversized, world-class trophy sturgeon can be fished for year-round; and we are pretty good at putting them to the boat! It is often windy so be prepared for rough water & ocean motion; just a heads-up!

Winter Steelhead Fishing:

One of our favorite and most productive times to fish for steelhead is in the dead of winter; and yes it can be cold and miserable outside. The heaters will be blazing in the power boat while we target big B-Run Steelhead on The Columbia River above The McNary Dam or The John Day Dam, from November to January.