An amazing variety of fish thrive in the coastal Pacific Northwest waters—salmon being one of the most well-known and sought after. 

Join third generation fishing guide Butch Smith as he discusses salmon enhancement in the Lower Columbia River. This illustrated talk will cover what salmon enhancement programs are, what they do, and their role in the past and going into the future.   

Butch Smith is a third generation salmon and sturgeon fishing guide whose family owns and operates Coho Charters in Ilwaco. Smith is a longtime advocate for salmon and salmon enhancement on the Columbia River.

Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located at 147 Howerton Ave. on the Ilwaco waterfront.

The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverage. Seating is limited. No reservations.

Salty Talks are in partnership with the SALT Pub & Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway and the Port of Ilwaco.


  • Occurs Thursday, January 17th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Salt Hotel & Pub

147 Howerton Ave.
Ilwaco, WA 98624


Amanda King

Explore the crossroads of history where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean at this wonderful Museum. Discover the history of the local area, the railroad that ran by the tide, fishing, logging and cranberry industries, Coast Guard and mariners.

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