The Fall-Run Chinook Salmon migrating up the Columbia River are known as “Up-River Brights.” These Salmon are travelling hundreds of miles up-river, so intercepting them on the Lower Columbia means they are in great shape.
The fall Chinook are the largest of the Columbia River Salmon. These fish are aggressive biters and put up a powerful fight. These fish average 20 to 30 pounds, but it is not uncommon to do battle with a 40-pound Fall-Run Chinook. Best times to catch these “Hogs” is August to October.