FISHING UPDATE: Monday, July 27th

Most of you are probably aware that the sockeye season has been closed on the Columbia River. The good news is that this closure doesn’t apply to summer-run Chinook. The forecast for a return of 73,000 kings this summer has been raised to 85,000, so there are plenty of them out there to catch. The action at the Brewster Salmon Derby should be fantastic. Also, the count for sockeye over Tumwater Dam has passed 17,000, well short of what is needed for a fishery on Lake Wenatchee. We have some much cooler weather coming up, and who knows, some rain. If it is going to happen it had better happen fast. The sockeye are not doing well in these warm water temperatures. I had my last sockeye trip to Brewster planned for last Friday anyway. There are other things to do this summer. I have a couple of invites to fish for walleye at Potholes Reservoir and I also want to get up to Roosevelt to fish for trout and kokanee. The trout out of Roosevelt are about the best eaters we have around here, and they are abundant. Kokanee are harder to catch, but they are big when you find them.

Columbia River Fishing

We host up to eight boats in free moorage, right in front of the hotel. We also have two boat launches, very close to the hotel.

The world-famous Columbia River draws hundreds of thousands of fishing days of effort in pursuit of many different species. Although Columbia River salmon fishing and Columbia River sturgeon fishing draw most of the attention, plentiful populations is steelhead, walleye and other warm water species draw plenty of attention too.

Wild Columbia River salmon once numbered over 15 million strong. Although wild stocks have declined, mitigation hatcheries still produce tens of millions of juvenile salmon each year to quench the thirst of sport and commercial fishermen.

Columbia River sturgeon is a very popular second choice for Oregon and Washington anglers. The wild white sturgeon is plentiful and provides excellent opportunities for high action with some fish reaching lengths to 10 feet!

With year-round opportunities for Columbia River salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, walleye and other species we have, the Columbia River fishing guide to match your quarry and personality.

The Alta Pond

Private Fly Fishing
Welcome to exclusive fly fishing in the pond at the Alta Lake Golf Resort. The pond has been stocked with a robust mix of 14" - 18" Rainbow,Brown, and Tiger trout that deliver exciting and challenging fishing.

Our Guided trips are offered by local fishermen Bill Mead and Charles Miller. Morning and limited evening trips available. Individual and group rates.

Great location and fishing for the new or young fly fishermen. Equipment and local patterns available.

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