Fishing Guides

The Gift of a Guided Fishing Experience

Gift certificate and T-shirts in a cooler under the Christmas tree

December has arrived, and many of us are on the hunt for a unique gift. Giving an experience instead of a gift is becoming more and more popular. Time spent with loved ones is priceless and can create memories that last longer than something that comes wrapped in a box. Lance Fisher Fishing offers gift […]

Columbia River- Salmon and Sturgeon Openers

happy man holding a columbia river sturgeon

Columbia Keeper Sturgeon ODFW and WDFW ‘s announcement today added 2 days for Sturgeon retention on the Columbia River, from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River. The open dates are Saturday, October 19th, and Thursday, October 24th. Keeper size is 44-50 inches from nose to the fork in the tail, […]

October Salmon

Lewis River Fall Chinook Salmon

Lewis River Salmon October 1st marks the start of the wild chinook salmon season on the Lewis River, located just north of Portland. Fishing on the river has been good the past few weeks, and October is when we really get excited. We can now tag and keep those beautiful wild chinook that we had […]

Coastal Salmon

Beautiful Tillamook Coho Salmon

As September winds down and we head into October, there are plenty of salmon fishing opportunities on the Oregon coast. In Astoria we’re fishing for coho at Buoy 10 on the Columbia River.  A little farther down the coast, in Tillamook, we’re fishing for coho and chinook in the bays and on the ocean. With […]

Columbia River Fishing – Summer Fun!

Happy family with Columbia River Summer Steelhead

Our fishing focus of late has been on the Ocean Salmon staged off the mouth of the Columbia River. Ocean fishing, which opened June 22nd, has been good and will continue to improve as we head toward the Buoy 10 opener on August 1st.  That doesn’t mean we have to wait until August to fish […]

2019 Columbia River Summer Steelhead Season Begins

Limited Out with 2 Columbia River Summer Steelhead each

Columbia River Summer Steelhead Tomorrow, May 16th, we kick off the 2019 Columbia River Summer Steelhead Season. With a daily bag limit of 2 steelhead through June 30th, and 1 steelhead during the month of July, this has become a favorite fishery for many. Fishing the Columbia River below just Portland gives us the opportunity […]

Winter Steelhead Fishing: Holiday Options

a beautiful tillamook county steelhead

With Thanksgiving behind us and December upon us, I believe it is safe to talk about the upcoming steelhead season. I have already seen a few confirmed pictures of steelhead that have been caught, and that makes me optimistic for what’s to come considering we’re hardly in the thick of it at this point. Here […]

Columbia River Spring Salmon Season Set

a gorgeous spring salmon caught on the columbia river with guide, lance fisher

The commissions of Oregon and Washington got together today to decide on harvest for the upcoming Spring Chinook run on the Columbia River. A very decent run is projected as I blogged about back in December with 188,000 omega 3 packed, slime rockets destined for various tributaries on the Columbia River. Having fished professionally for many […]

2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

A nice columbia river spring chinook being held by a happy fisherman.

I started getting data on the 2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook return a couple days ago and I know that it is only December, but just the suggestion of Spring Chinook gets the finer parts of my DNA hopping! My friend Al Thomas reported on this first in the Columbian and he’s done a nice job of […]

Columbia River bent rods never get old

A Columbia River Salmon about to have a net put under it with guide, lance fisher

We see lots of bent rods on the Columbia River throughout the year. This shot took place recently with a crew of clients that fish with me regularly from a Portland based corporation. I’m behind my 5d Mark iii camera sporting a 16-36L series Canon lens. When fishing is good, clients regularly net fish on […]