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columbia river gorge

Fishing in the Columbia River Gorge


Cast your fishing line into any of the numerous lakes and rivers surrounding Skamania Lodge for ideal Columbia River Gorge fishing. There are countless sites for fishing along the Gorge section of the Columbia. Fish that can be caught include smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish, walleye, and shad.

River trout, salmon, and steelhead will fight the rapids (and you) while fishing in Hood River, Wind River, White Salmon, Deschutes, or Klickitat rivers. The Sandy is one of the top ten steelhead rivers in Oregon. Worms will attract the smallmouth bass in ponds along the Columbia River or you can bankfish for sturgeon near Bonneville Dam.

Sturgeons are commonly found above and below Bonneville Dam just minutes from Skamania Lodge. Year-round sturgeon fishing is available below Bonneville Dam but is subject to current licensing and catch limit regulations.

Fishing Sites in the Washington Section of the Columbia Gorge


  • Little White Salmon River - 5 miles west of Big Salmon, flows into Drano Lake - salmon and steelhead.
  • Upper Little White Salmon - rainbow and brook trout.
  • Wind River - 4 miles east of Stevenson - spring salmon, summer steelhead.
  • Klickitat River - 8 miles east of White Salmon - summer steelhead, trout, spring and fall chinook.
  • Spearfish Lake - East of The Dalles bridge - rainbow trout.
  • Horsethief Lake - Adjacent to Horsethief State Park - rainbow, bass, and crappie.
  • Swith Creek Reservoir - 4,590-acre site approximately 50 miles north of Columbia River - rainbow and bull trout.

Fishing Sites in the Oregon Section of the Columbia Gorge


  • Lost Lake - Between Columbia and Mt. Hood Wilderness, southwest of Hood River - brown, rainbow, and brook trout, kokanee.
  • Laurance Lake - Southwest of Parkdale, near Cooper Spur - rainbow, bull, and cutthroat trout.
  • Benson Lake - 1.5 miles west of Multnomah Falls - trout.
  • Wahtum Lake - Approximately 15 miles south of Columbia River in Wilderness Area.
  • Deschutes River - Excellent for Rainbow, brown trout, Steelhead, and spring chinook.
  • Hood River - Good fishing for trout, steelhead, spring and fall chinook.

Guided Fishing Excursions

Columbia Gorge Fishing Adventures

Professionally guided Columbia River salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing just 20min. from Skamania Lodge.  As a first class guest of Fishing the Gorge, you will experience outstanding personalized service onboard our beautiful 24' Alumaweld Formula Vee.  We create a fun and relaxed environment for all ages and skill levels while fishing the Columbia River Gorge.

Free complimentary shuttle from Skamania Lodge.

Contact us directly to book your Columbia Gorge fishing adventure:


Buddy Dupell

Columbia River Fishing Adventures



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Charlie Foster
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