I was told by the state fish checker guy that this was the largest salmon caught opening day.(sep 1st) We paid a guide to fish on the columbia about an hour outside of portland. Anyone visiting the area should check in on the salmon fishing, it was the best day I have ever had with a rod and reel. A word of caution; we had too book 4 months in advance.
In can take 15 or 20 minutes to reel in a big one. You unhook the boat from your anchor and follow it around. We had 5 fish break off on our boat, and I watched at least a dozen more snap on other boats. It gets so crowded that there might be 3 or 4 hundred boats on a bend in the river in long single file lines.