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 […]

Astoria Summer Fishing- Options Galore!

A nice bunch of fish caught during the buoy 10 salmon season

As the daily temps begins to rise, we start to see more sun than rain on your fishing trips in Astoria. I can’t help but think of the plethora of fishing options Astoria offers all summer long. Salmon, sturgeon and bottom fish are available in Astoria, and sometimes all on the same day.  We will […]

Portland Spring Fishing- Let’s do it!

A nice Willamette River Spring Chinook caught in the Portland area

April feels like the first big month of fishing in the Portland area. With Salmon fishing on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and Sturgeon fishing available on both, we have lots of fishing options to choose from through June. We try to keep the Lance Fisher Fishing Facebook and our fishing Instagram feed going during […]

Astoria Fishing: Columbia River Spring Salmon

A beautiful Astoria Spring Salmon caught on the Columbia River.

The Astoria fishing calendar is officially underway for 2018. And while there is lots of fishing to come, the Columbia River Spring Chinook fishing that happens in the lower river is taking center stage at the moment. The Spring Chinook season on the Columbia River is a short one and is currently slated to last […]

Fishing in Portland looking good for Spring Chinook

happy fishermen with Spring Chinook from the Willamette in Portland Oregon

Spring is one of my favorite times as a fishing guide. It’s a time when the weather is starting to warm up, the trees and flowers are blooming and the Portland area is rich with Salmon fishing opportunities. The Spring Chinook that pass by the Portland area on the Columbia River and run through the […]

2018 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

The 2018 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast is out and it appears that we’re much improved over last year’s actual returns. Columbia River fishing managers are expecting 166,700 Spring Chnook to be headed East of Bonneville Dam. Combine this number with projections for the Willamette at 53,820 and Cowlitz Rivers and we’re looking at 220,520 […]