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Best Late Fall Portland Area Fishing

Lewis River Fall Salmon

Fall certainly arrived in the Portland/Vancouver area. While we’ve had some good rain showers, we’ve also had some blue skies and some great times on the water. Late Fall Portland area fishing is going strong, with our sturgeon season already underway and another month of salmon fishing to look forward to.

Portland Area Salmon

By this time of year the majority of the fall salmon have moved from the Columbia River into its tributaries. That just means we get to chase them for longer as we follow them into the smaller rivers like the Lewis River. Located just north of Portland, the Lewis River still has plenty of fish moving through it. First thing in the morning you’ll probably see them jumping and later you may see them jumping as you wrangle them to the boat! The Lewis River stays clear, regardless of rain or increased flow, making it a favorite location for fall fishing. We expect to be fishing for salmon through mid-November, with both native and hatchery chinook as well as hatchery coho retention allowed.

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Portland Sturgeon

Sturgeon double on the Willamette River in Portland

While some may think sturgeon fishing is a summer sport, in the Portland area we are able fish for sturgeon for most of the year. We’re currently offering catch and release sturgeon trips on the Willamette River. It’s not unusual to bring in a dozen or more oversized sturgeon. That’s a lot of fish to take on in a man vs fish battle. Some of them were longer than any of the guys in the boat! And don’t think it’s only the monster fish that put up a fight. Reeling in doubles of smaller fish can provide just as much action. We’ll be pitting ourselves against these prehistoric looking fish from now through the spring. Anglers of all ages and abilities enjoy sturgeon fishing in Portland. Just bundle up and enjoy the experience of targeting big fish all day long. 

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As always, let us know if you have any questions or are ready to book a trip. There’s still lots of fishing to be done this fall, followed by winter steelhead, and 2024 will be here before we know it.