Big Creek and Gnat Creek – Steelhead fishing that was

Gnat creek is a tributary of the Columbia River

Big Creek and Gnat Creek, which are small tributaries on the Columbia River, used to be great locations for high water steelhead. And while not a place where a fishing guide is going to take customers, they were part of the fishing community and a place that people could go during high water or for […]

Tillamook Winter Steelhead

Proud angler with his first steelhead of the season

Tillamook Steelhead Winter Steelhead fishing in Tillamook provides some incredible days of fishing. The Steelhead are mere miles out of the ocean, and with several rivers to choose from, it’s a great place to fish. This time of year I’m always keeping an eye on the river levels and while we fish in all sorts […]

New Astoria Sturgeon Video

Lance and a boy holding a huge sturgeon

Fishing for Sturgeon in Astoria is one of the great fishing experiences we have here in the Pacific Northwest. So we thought we’d put together a video for people looking into fishing the area and yes, it was fun putting this together!!! Many people think sturgeon fishing is only what exists in the lakes of […]

Jalapeño Lime Smoked Salmon Spread/Dip/Filling

Puff pastry filled with smoked salmon cream cheese spread

For the holidays, I wanted to pass on some of the salmon go-to’s that we share with family and friends. I shared the Sugar Free Smoked Salmon Recipe with you before. It’s very popular amongst my customers and also one of the top recipes of its kind on the internet. Who knew?!?! I’ll eat a […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Brings Salmon and Sturgeon

4 anglers holding up 2 salmon each on the Lewis RIver

November started out with some beautiful, sunny days for fishing in Oregon and SW Washington. It looks like we have a chance at some rain this week, but fall weather forecasts frequently change in our area, and I’m not holding my breath for significant rainfall. I would love to get the drift boat out, and […]

Fall Salmon Opportunities Jam On

Happy angler with a chrome chinook salmon in Tillamook

Tillamook Salmon With 2 bays and 5 rivers to choose from, Tillamook County continues to provide opportunities for fall salmon fishing. Current bag limits are 2 adult salmon, only 1 of which may be a wild Chinook. Hatchery Chinook and Coho may also be retained, although at this time of year, the Coho have moved […]

North Coast Drift Boat Season Kickoff

netting a fall salmon out of a drift boat on a Northern Oregon Coast river

After a year in the sled, I love shifting gears and getting into the drift boat. It’s quiet, beautiful, and often times for me, some of the best fishing of the year. Like many of you, I’ve been watching this first real rain system of the year with great interest. We really never know how […]

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 […]