Fall runs of Chinook migrating to the free flowing reaches of the Columbia River are known as "Up River Brights". September / October is the time to catch these big Salmon where fish over 40 pounds are not uncommon. Trolling deep diving plugs or jigging with spoons are the most effective methods of catching these "Columbia River Hogs".
Coho runs are at their finest in October and November near the mouth of the Klickitat River on the Washington side of the Columbia. Trolling plugs and/or baited spinner rigs entice these silver salmon to bite and provide a very sporting battle for some fun late season action. These are a are a very fine eating fish, both fresh and smoked.