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2022 Portland Salmon and Sturgeon Fishing – Guide Update

6 guys fishing for Portland Spring Chinook Salmon

April in Oregon brings blooming cherry trees and Spring Chinook fishing. April 6th 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 […]

Astoria Ocean Salmon Season Proposed

4 mane with their ocean salmon limits.

While this isn’t official until May, experience tells us that this is very likely going to happen. The 2022 Ocean Salmon Season for Astoria has been proposed and it looks like retention will be wide open for both Chinook and hatchery Coho on opening day. The ocean salmon season is slated to start on June […]

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 […]

2022 Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

3 guys and a gal with their Buoy 10 salmon

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. Chinook Salmon I’ll start with Chinook. We’re looking at a Preliminary Forecast of about  500k Chinook […]

Columbia River Fishing Forecast – Spring and Summer Salmon

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

In the first of many forecasts to come over the next couple months, the Columbia River fishing forecast for Spring and Summer Summer was just released by ODFW. The preliminary numbers for the 2022 run are looking good, especially the Spring Chinook and Summer Sockeye numbers of almost 200,000 each! Add in Summer Chinook and […]

2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

A lady holding a nice spring chinook

2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set The 2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season has officially been set. From March 1st – April 6th, 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 similar to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Final Countdown to Buoy 10 Fishing

Grandpa and granddaughters with Buoy 10 Salmon

It’s the final countdown to the Buoy 10 Salmon Season on the Columbia River, and we can’t wait to see what the 2022 season has in store for us. We’ve been looking forward to this popular fishery for months, and the time is finally here! The river opens for fall salmon fishing this Monday, August […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing- Tarpon of the Northwest

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

*July 2022 Update* Now through the first week of August may see some of the most action-packed days of sturgeon fishing of the year. We have 3 more weeks of Trophy Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River in Astoria before we switch over completely to fall salmon fishing at Buoy 10.  Over the weekend we […]