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Fall Fishing- Ready, set, GO!

salmon caught with guide Lance Fisher on the Columbia River near Astoria and Buoy 10


The next four months are really the creme de la creme for Salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Millions of Salmon will make their way into their natal rivers over the course of the next several months and we’ll be there, with rods, reels and barbeque’s in hand.

A couple nice coho/silver caught out of Winchester Bay with guide/charter captain, Lance Fisher

I’ll be starting the season this year in Winchester Bay on the Central Oregon Coast. It’s a new fishery for me this year and one that I am looking to develop over the next couple years. The accommodations that I have available are a short walk from the dock and there are a ton of dining options in the area as well. The nice thing is that once you park the car, everything is right there, making this the most convenient fishing location that I have. Yes, there’s good fishing as well, don’t worry as we’re not there for our health. Winchester Bay is the mouth of one of the more famous rivers in the west, the Umpqua River. Winchester is known for lots of Coho, plenty of big Chinook and not as many people as you might see on the North Coast rivers. Consider Winchester Bay a little piece of heave. I sure do. Trips are available through the 10th of August.

A full catch at buoy 10 with fishing guide lance fisher

This year I’ll be running trips in Astoria for the famous Buoy 10 fishery from August 14-September 4. I do have two dates open being August 28th and 30th if you’d like to get on my boat. If those dates don’t work and you’d still like to fish, I do have a couple guides helping me out this year with my overflow. This year’s run is forecasted to be 1.6 million Chinook and another million Coho. These are numbers that are similar to the hay days of 2001-2003, so the catching should be fantastic. Let me know if you’d like to get out and I’ll do everything I can to get you fishing.

columbia river fishermen pose with their catch of salmon

From September 10th  through October I’ll be catching huge numbers of fish in the Columbia River Gorge. The mouth of the Deschutes, Klickitat and White Salmon Rivers are all a short distance apart providing us with tons of opportunities to catch fish. I’ve got great accommodations in Hood River and The Dalles which puts you about 10 minutes from where we’ll be fishing. The Gorge is beautiful in September and October-even more so with all the Chinook and Coho Salmon that will be returning to the Columbia River this year.

fall chinook salmon fishing on the nestucca river

Finally, many of you enjoy Tillamook County and the rivers we fish like the Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers. I’ll be running sled trips for 4 and also have a new 2 person drift boat for 2014. The new boat is incredibly light, maneuverable, has heated passenger areas and is of course a Willie Boat. If you like the hands on fishing, Tillamook is probably the place for you. I’ll be in Tillamook the entire month of November.

If any of these trip opportunities sound like fun, give me a call at 503.680.6809 or send me an email.