Open 10am to 6pm daily 230 First St Stevenson Wa &@ 108 Hwy 35 Hood River

We would like to take a moment to appreciate the last year of business for Wild Columbia Salmon. It was a fun, exciting, challenging, difficult, wonderful year. Thanks to about 35 of immensely hard working Native-American fisherman who dip-net day and night, we were able to provide our community with fresh, wild salmon from the Columbia and Klickitat River. Traditional Native American dip-netting is very dangerous, and unfortunately, we lose fisherman every year. This year was no exception. We mourn the lives lost on the river this year and appreciate the hard work of every fisherman. Due to a declining number of fish in the river, we started a month late this year. However, this is the first year we’ve been able to stay open all winter long thanks to our second location in Stevenson, Washington. We spent the summer adding to this new location, building a smoker, putting in stainless steel equipment and a large, 3-door refrigerator that now holds all of our beautiful smoked King Chinook. The fires along the
Columbia Gorge this year took us for a spin. Along with everyone in town, we had to wear masks to avoid smoke inhalation. Because most people were trying to stay indoors, we didn’t get a lot of business during the couple weeks of fire. This gave us extra time to put salmon away for the winter, freezing and smoking extra every day. We also were able to provide the fireman risking their lives to save our precious homes, land, and wildlife with free and discounted salmon to eat and bring home to their families. Currently, our team at Wild Columbia Salmon is
working toward becoming FDA-registered and state-certified to produce and sell our salmon wholesale, which would allow us to sell much more, giving back to the Native American community with our business and support. It’s been an incredible year, and we’ve learned a lot! A huge thanks to our friend, Steve, who hand-built us a new picnic table for our Hood River location, our friends at Lampoei’s Thai Kitchen who have become like family to us, our dedicated employees, and to the amazing communities in Hood River and Stevenson that have
been so welcoming and supportive of our business. Fish on, friends!
autor Bailey McMannies

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