2021 Portland Salmon and Sturgeon Fishing – Guide Update

April in Oregon brings blooming cherry trees and Spring Chinook fishing. Last Sunday was the last salmon fishing day of the season on the Columbia River, and with that, both our focus and the fish are shifting to the Willamette River, which runs right through the heart of Downtown Portland. We fish various stretches of […]

2021 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon Season

It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for with anticipation. The 2021 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon season in Astoria has been announced and will take place from May 10th through June 5th, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with a 2 pm end time each day. As usual, it’s a short season and we […]

Portland Spring Chinook Preview

Just a few days remain of winter before the calendar announces the beginning of spring. In the Portland area, that means it’s time to start chasing Springers! A bunch of early spring chinook have already been caught starting the end of February, with the bulk of the fish beginning to arrive in April. While the […]

NW Steelhead

Tillamook Winter Steelhead

Every season brings its twists and turns. The 2021 steelhead season won’t go down as any epic event, but regardless, the month of March has so much to offer for steelheaders. The weather is improving, buds are bursting out, water temps are beginning to warm up, and there are a few fish moving up the […]

2021 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

The 2021 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season has officially been set. From March 1st – April 4th, the Columbia River will be open for Spring Chinook fishing from the Buoy 10 line in Astoria upstream to Beacon Rock. With Cowlitz and Lewis River returns projected to be improved, this is the first time in […]

2021 Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

This is the time of year when Buoy 10 Salmon and ocean abundance numbers for Astoria begin to get tossed around. While numbers aren’t official, I’m hearing some really good things for this year’s possibilities. Like, REALLY good things. I’ll start with Chinook. On the heels of last year’s 250-ish thousand returning Chinook Salmon, we’re […]

It’s Time for Tillamook Steelhead!

Bright chrome fish, straight from the ocean…what could be better this time of year? Not much, and it looks like the winter steelhead have arrived in Tillamook. The fish we have seen so far are bigger and brighter than last year’s fish. River levels were good through the weekend, and will continue to slowly drop […]

Give the Gift of Time Together

Holidays are looking different this year. I know our plans have changed from what we normally do. Instead of getting together to celebrate in person, we may be exchanging gifts from afar whether that means socially distanced, virtually, or by mail. Shopping for and giving gifts is a bit trickier right now, but Lance Fisher […]

Tillamook Drift Boat Days

One of the great features of Tillamook is the variety of water we get to fish. From the salt water of the ocean and bays to the freshwater of the river systems, there’s something for everyone. Late fall and winter are the season of Tillamook drift boat trips. A lot of fall salmon have already […]

Best Late Fall Portland Area Fishing

Fall certainly arrived in the Portland area this past weekend. While temps may be a bit chilly in the mornings, the sun has been shining and we’ve had some great times on the water. Late Fall Portland area fishing is going strong, with our sturgeon season just beginning and another month of salmon fishing to […]