The Columbia River originates in Canada and builds its flow as it winds through beautiful canyons of basalt.
The surrounding native vegetation is composed of Cottonwoods, Alder, Ponderosa Pine, Fir, Sage, and shrubs. Thousands of
tributaries build the mighty Columbia as it traverses Oregon and Washington. These unique ecosystems offers an excellent
spring, summer, and fall fisheries.
Fishing the Columbia River , Willamette River, and Tillamook Bay
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the
Cascade Mountain Range. It's 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State
and the south canyon walls in Oregon State. The Columbia River Gorge is more than a gorgeous, natural wonder.
It is also a critical transportation corridor and is home to 100,000+people.
Spring Salmon enter the Columbia and Willamette River in March and run through May.
We troll herring on the incoming tide and anchor on the outgoing tide, running Kwickfish and other various lures.
These two methods are very productive catching chrome bright salmon that are only one to two days out of the ocean.
These spring salmon are the very best eating fish in the world.
Buoy 10 is near Astoria Oregon where the Columbia flows into the Pacific Ocean. The Buoy 10
fishery is one of the hottest spots for catching Salmon anywhere in the World! We enthusiastically look forward to
this fishery every late summer and fall.
Of the five species of Pacific salmon, the Chinook and Coho are the most important to anglers.
The two are often found in the same waters and pursued in much the same way, but the Chinook is the larger of the
two and highly prized among anglers. The Lower Columbia River and Columbia River Gorge is a prime area to target Chinook salmon. When hooked, Chinook like to slug it out, while Coho are acrobatic and quick.
Chinook are also known as the King Salmon or Spring Salmon. Chinook Salmon are powerful swimmers that migrate
hundreds of miles up northwest rivers to their spawning grounds, and they can grow huge. At the end of a fishing
line, Chinooks are absolute brutes - hard-running, stubborn fighters that will give you all the challenge you can
handle, and sometimes more. The Columbia River has some of the best fishing in the world. It has the largest runs
of salmon and steelhead in the lower 48 states, not to mention the very best sturgeon fishing in the world.
Spring Run Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook Salmon fishing on the Columbia River and Willamette River can be some of the most
exciting fishing — not to mention some of the best eating around. With lots of muscle and determination to hold out
until the fall spawn, Springers are a real kick on light tackle. The best time for Springers is March and May.
Summer Run Chinook Salmon
Summer Chinook Salmon are best known as "June Hogs." These fish are huge, bright, and strong.
Put a 30-50 lb Summer Chinook on the end of the line and it will earn your respect. Hook up one of these beauties
in June and July.
Fall Run Chinook Salmon
The Fall Run Chinook Salmon migrating up the Columbia River are known as "Up-River Brights."
These salmon are traveling hundreds of miles upriver, so intercepting them on the Lower Columbia means they are
in great shape. These fish average 20 pounds, but it is not uncommon to do battle with a 40 pounder. Best times
to catch these “Hogs” are August to October. Throw in a Summer Run Steelhead, or Early Coho and that makes for
a fun mixed bag.
Coho Salmon aka Silver Salmon
The Coho run up the Columbia River starts in August and continues through November. These beautiful
fish are chrome bright and a lot of fun. They average 11-14 pounds but an occasional 18-20 pounder will try to take
your rod away from you.
Tillamook Bay and the Fall Chinook Salmon
Fall “Hogs” in Tillamook Bay, a world renowned fishery. We have a special place to stay while on this
trip, right on the water!! This is an October to December fishery, maybe get in some crabbing or duck or goose hunting
while you are at it, with us on a private island in the bay.
Fishing for White Sturgeon
Sturgeon is always on tap for Catch & Release on the Lower Columbia River. But Oregon sets seasons
for retention of these special prehistoric game fish... White sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America
and can weigh over 1,500 pounds, be 20 feet in length, and live for over 100 years. Anadromous white sturgeon most
commonly move into large rivers in early spring, and spawn May through June.
White sturgeon are tough fighters -- so make sure you are ready to do battle. If you like Halibut
it’s a sure thing you'll love Sturgeon.
A significant economic and cultural resource throughout the Northwest, white sturgeon recently became
a popular target fishery with major commercial landings in the Columbia River.
Bonneville/Astoria - Columbia River
The Columbia River has some of the best fishing in the world. It has the largest runs of salmon
and steelhead in the lower 48 states, not to mention the very best sturgeon fishing in the world.
This river offers year round sturgeon fishing. For keeper sturgeon, we fish down at Astoria, Oregon.
These saltwater sturgeon are some of the best eating sturgeon there are. If really big fish is your goal, then take
a shot at matching your strength up to a 300-pound Sturgeon. These hard-fighting, aerial-performing giants will test
even the strongest fisherman.
Rates for Salmon and Sturgeon Fishing
Full Day Trips
- Minimum of 3 fishermen per trip: $200 per person
- 4 - 6 fishermen per trip: $175 per person
If your schedule does not allow a full day excursion, please call us and based on availiablity, we will try to put
a trip together for you that will work your schedule.
We keep it pretty simple regarding our fishing packages.
We will provide:
1. All bait and fishing tackle.
2. Snacks and beverages.
3. We will clean your fish and package for transport.
What you need to bring with you for your fishing adventure:
1. An Oregon fishing license with a Salmon tag (available at Payless, Fred Meyer, etc. or online at
2. Rain gear and warm clothes.
3. Sunglasses and sunscreen is recomended.
4. Lunch, your favorite fishing snacks, and/or beverages.
6. Cooler for bringing home your fish.
Important Note: Our times and dates are estimates based on previous seasons, tides, and trips. Local conditions,
water changes and other factors may change these times so please call to discuss the exact timing and to confirm plans for
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