2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

Projections for the 2019 spring chinook and summer chinook seasons

These are preliminary numbers for the 2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook forecast, plus numbers for Summer Chinook and Sockeye. It looks like what most expected as we get through the years our smolt endured the blob out in the pacific. Look for one more year like this and then we should see an uptick. In […]

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 […]

November Salmon Closures- A Closer Look

Fishing closures on the Oregon Coast

Anyone who has done a lot of fishing here in the PNW knows that 2018 was not the best fishing. Of course there were some good days of fishing, but catch rates overall were not up to par. I know there’s more to fishing than the catching, but let’s not kid ourselves. I’m not into […]

Tillamook Drift Boat Fishing- Here Comes the Rain

A nice tillamook chinook salmon with a happy couple

With our up and down Tillamook Bay Fall Fishing season still going, our first big rain looms. From the forecast its looking like our rain pattern is suppose to get going this week. This is the rain everyone talks about every fall, the rain that moves the fish into the rivers. We’re not talking a […]

Tillamook Salmon: The Fall Run is On!

lance fisher and guest with large tillamook salmon in tillamook bay

Over the last few weeks there has been a change in the air out in Tillamook County. The mornings have gotten a little colder, there is frost on the grass, and we have even been given some small shots of rain, refreshing the region from a long dry summer; fall is here and with it […]

Nehalem Bay Salmon: Early Coast Special

nice king salmon caught in Nehalem

When it comes to the north coast estuaries, all everyone seems to talk about is Tillamook Bay. Just a few miles north is its little brother: Nehalem Bay. Nehalem doesn’t get the press Tillamook does, which is something the locals probably like! It is interesting that it gets overlooked, even though it is just an […]

Tillamook County Ocean Salmon: You Catch It, You Keep It!

As we wrap up yet another fun and exciting Buoy 10 season, we have started to disperse here at Lance Fisher Fishing. Some guides went up stream, other will go even further, others have stayed in Astoria to coho salmon fish, while others are already starting to catch fish in Nehalem and Tillamook Bay. This […]

Portland Area Salmon: City Limit Fall Salmon

It is hard to believe, but there are only three more days of fishing left at Buoy 10. The small tides started several days ago, and fishing went from excellent in the ocean to excellent in the river, with just a couple day slower gap in between. The good news is that once Astoria closes, […]

Buoy 10 Fishing Update: Coho Rodeo!

four people with their limit on salmon on the dock at buoy 10

Buoy 10 is off to a great start: a flat ocean with a better than expected number of coho have made for action packed days with consistent limits until a NW settled in today! River reports have been spotty, as most guides have been fishing the nothing-short-of-epic coho fishing at the mouth of the Columbia […]

Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon Opener

Nick netting a beautiful astoria ocean salmon

Buoy 10 is here!  Fishing has been solid in the ocean off Astoria and as predicted, the opener in the river was not overly impressive.  Why you might ask? Well the tides are not favorable and two, fish come into the river when they decide. They don’t use our calendars;) Our guides ran into the […]