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Lance Fisher Fishing Guide- Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon

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 […]

Buoy 10 Salmon – Get Your Diver On

Divers for the Buoy 10 Salmon season in Astoria

I don’t write a lot of gear articles any more. There are lots of them out there, but know that most are just tooting the horn of the guy giving them gear. It’s kind of funny watching guys post stuff and know that they rarely use the stuff they are telling people to use. You […]

Astoria Ocean Salmon Fishing: A Promising Outlook

A nice astoria ocean coho caught by guide lance fisher

The anticipation is growing for the Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon season! But here at Lance Fisher Fishing, we have already been running charters and guided fishing trips for those same salmon that will show up in Astoria a couple weeks from now.  The ocean season in the Astoria area opened the 23rd of June and when […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing- Tarpon of the Northwest

A nice big sturgeon from the Astoria estuary on the Columbia River

When many think of sturgeon, people often think of a dinosaur-like fish slowly swimming lethargically in a deep dark hole.  When people think of tarpon, they think of reel screaming runs and six foot fish flying out of shallow water. It turns out both assumptions can be true. However, in the Columbia River Estuary, conditions […]

Tillamook Bay Spring Fishing Bounty

A box of nice Tillamook Bay Salmon

Tillamook Bay is well known for its fall Chinook fishery, but what many people don’t know is that it also gets a spring Chinook run as well. Couple this with the potential for bottom fish and crab, and you can have an awesome day of guided fishing when the conditions align!  The season is just […]