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Portland Spring Chinook Preview

Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon

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 Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

four happy guys with Salmon they caught at Buoy 10

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!

A happy fisherman holding a Tillamook Steelhead on the Wilson River

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

Gift certificates for guided fishing trips fit wonderfully under the tree

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

Fall Chinook Salmon caught from a drift boat in Tillamook

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 […]

October Salmon Fishing – Let’s Go!

Happy lady with her Chinook salmon in Tillamook Bay

UPDATE: HATCHERY COHO RETENTION LEWIS RIVER EXTENDED! We’re halfway through October and the Pacific Northwest continues to provide multiple opportunities for Fall Salmon fishing. We’ve been fishing on the Northern Oregon Coast, in the Portland area on the Lewis, and in the Columbia River Gorge, but the Columbia is winding down for the year. While […]

Fall Salmon Fishing in Tillamook County

Chinook Salmon Fishing on a Beautiful Day in Tillamook

Tillamook County is home to Salmon fishing in 3 bays (Tillamook, Nestucca, Nehalem), 5 rivers (Wilson, Trask, Kilchis, Nestucca, Nehalem) and the Pacific Ocean. And yes, all within 20 minutes of Tillamook! It’s an easy drive from anywhere on the northern Oregon coast from Astoria to Lincoln City and also from Portland. My 25” sled […]

Columbia River Fall Fishing

Columbia River Fall Chinook Salmon

The Columbia River reopened for fall salmon fishing on September 19th, four days earlier than planned. We took advantage of the extra days, and enjoyed some great days on the river. Today 3 additional Keeper Sturgeon dates were announced, adding more fishing opportunities on the river. Columbia River Gorge Fall Salmon The Columbia River Gorge […]