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Lance Fisher Fishing Guide- Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon

Portland Spring Fishing- Let’s do it!

A nice Willamette River Spring Chinook caught in the Portland area

April feels like the first big month of fishing in the Portland area. With Salmon fishing on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and Sturgeon fishing available on both, we have lots of fishing options to choose from through June. We try to keep the Lance Fisher Fishing Facebook and our fishing Instagram feed going during […]

Astoria Fishing: Columbia River Spring Salmon

A beautiful Astoria Spring Salmon caught on the Columbia River.

The Astoria fishing calendar is officially underway for 2018. And while there is lots of fishing to come, the Columbia River Spring Chinook fishing that happens in the lower river is taking center stage at the moment. The Spring Chinook season on the Columbia River is a short one and is currently slated to last […]

Fishing in Portland looking good for Spring Chinook

happy fishermen with Spring Chinook from the Willamette in Portland Oregon

Spring is one of my favorite times as a fishing guide. It’s a time when the weather is starting to warm up, the trees and flowers are blooming and the Portland area is rich with Salmon fishing opportunities. The Spring Chinook that pass by the Portland area on the Columbia River and run through the […]

2018 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

The 2018 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast is out and it appears that we’re much improved over last year’s actual returns. Columbia River fishing managers are expecting 166,700 Spring Chnook to be headed East of Bonneville Dam. Combine this number with projections for the Willamette at 53,820 and Cowlitz Rivers and we’re looking at 220,520 […]

Summer Fishing- Here’s what is happening!

A nice Astoria sturgeon taken out of the Columbia River with fishing guide, Lance Fisher

It’s a great time of year to be fishing in the Pacific Northwest. It’s nice to see the orange thing in the sky and equally nice to be able to have so many fishing options. Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon are all available now through July. Here’s the 411 on the fishing options: Astoria Sturgeon Fishing […]

Columbia River Sturgeon Opener- Reality Check

A nice sturgeon being reeled in with a fellow fisherman taking a photo.

Apparently, now we’re talking about perhaps a Columbia River keeper sturgeon season. It’s been in the rumor mill now for a while. Good lord, here we go. It’s been shut down for a while to retention. It’s been like five years. We’ve got some keepers around so let’s go kill us some keepers. There’s some […]

Mid-Season Spring Chinook Report

A nice limit of Columbia River Spring Chinook

So the theme of this year is HIGH WATER! I think that would be an understatement, but personally, outside of having to reschedule a few trips for our clients fishing with us out of our Portland locations, I like the high water. And there are a number of reasons why. The fishing has been good. […]

Sea Lions Wrecking Havoc- Possible Relief in Sight

Willamette River Sea Lion

The whole sea lion thing is getting old. It’s been 10 years of things getting progressively worse. There’s been a lot going on over the last week on the sea lion front and being on the water a lot this time of year, puts me face to face with a nuisance that seems a long […]

Conditions Improve and Magically, So Does the Salmon Fishing

Graph of Willamette River Turbidity

I’ve never been a big fan of late March Salmon fishing on the Columbia and 2017 has brought us an example as to why I feel this way. Early season Salmon fishing at it’s best is inconsistent. This year, with huge snow packs and turbid conditions, fishing got off to an understandably slow start. What’s […]

Bi-State Columbia River Saga Continues

The ODFW Commission met Friday to disuss among other things, Columbia River gillnets. Oh. My. Gosh. What a frigging marathon of a meeting. It was hours and hours and hours. It was brutal. I watched it live on Periscope. I was like, “Are these folks ever going to be done?” It was one piece of testimony […]