Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fishing the Snake River

We got a day away to go salmon fishing on the Snake River. The river is about 45 minutes south of us. Back roads all the way!
The salmon season here is very strange. They are considered an "endangered species" here. You can only keep one hatchery Chinook and 4 jacks. Which are what they call land lock. They don't leave the river to go to the ocean. The season is only 3 days a week. And only on a certain part of the river. Needless to say it was jammed with people! There were a lot of fish caught. We caught one and released three. It was warm, but very, very windy! And a quick rain squall passed through. But it was nice to sit there on the river with a line in the water. Its been a long time coming! And then to get a fish? Even better!

The winding back roads. This is called Hammer Grade. You go up, up , up! Then down, down, down! No guard rails to the left, just a huge drop off! These pictures don't due the view justice!

Uh Oh! A little bit of a hold up!

There are a lot of barges that go up and down the river. And a few tourist ships. But this is the first time I have seen one like this. Kinda cool. A huge ship! Called American Empress. It was raining at this time.

Little Goose Dam. Where we fished. The boats all have to go through the locks on the other side.

Cameron and the fish I caught. Perfect BBQ size. Butter, brown sugar, lemon pepper! YUMMY!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Yes the grade on your road is definitely much higher that the average. It would be a little exciting with the gravel road.

  2. The Snake is just south of us across the RR tracks, its beautiful. Nice fish!!

  3. Oh my gosh, the scenery is absolutely beautiful. I can only imagine how beautiful it was in person. Great fish, yummy eating for sure. I'm jealous!

  4. Awesome pictures, and fish! Is that a paddle boat? I would love to go on one of those someday.

  5. Cheri,
    I love your first 3 pictures. The colors and lighting are awesome! I hope you don't get car sick.
    Glad you had a great day fishing with Mr. C. It's nice to get away for the day and relax. I'm sure the BBQ fish is an treat.

    Branding at Cousin T's in the morn and here on Tuesday. We will be branding the 2 big bunches of calves for both of our ranches.

  6. WOW! That is some fish! And your die for!!!


  7. Gorgeous pictures, lady!
    I've started blogging over at wordpress, so, I need your email addy if you'd like to follow along. :)

  8. If I didn't love fishing, I would still want to go with you just to enjoy the views!

  9. Just now catching up...Lorelei and her mom and dad all spent the night Friday night, then Lo stayed here and didn't go home till yesterday.


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