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Willamette River Fishing

A salmon jumps in the air while being reeled in while fishing with guide Lance Fisher

The Willamette River is definitely one of my favorite rivers. It is truly amazing as it offers three cities (Portland, Salem and Eugene) Salmon and steelhead fishing as well as sturgeon opportunities for the Portland area. Willamette River Salmon Fishing is very popular and most known for its Spring Chinook Salmon returns.

spring chinook salmon caught on the Willamette River with guide Lance Fisher

The first Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon is usually caught somewhere around the third to fourth week of January. From then on angling pressure increases until the first week of April when people expect to catch fish. I start guiding for Willamette River Spring Chinook in March on the years that the Columbia River may not be open and in early April on years that we get a Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon run. I fish from downtown Portland to the Oregon City Falls. For more information on fishing for Springers, visit my Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing page.

Willamette River Sturgeon fishing sturgeon hooked with guide Lance Fisher

Willamette River sturgeon fishing provides anglers with decent to excellent fishing from January through May. Many people feel that the high water and abundant food created during these periods draw sturgeon from the Columbia River into the waters of the Willamette. I spend most of my time between the town of Milwaukie and Portland itself. This 10 mile section of river provides me and my clients with all the holes necessary for good winter sturgeon fishing.

To learn more about Willamette sturgeon, visit my Willamette River sturgeon fishing page. To look into fishing for Columbia River sturgeon, visit my Columbia River Sturgeon fishing page. Our FAQ’s may answer some questions you have and include a list of unique activities in the Portland area.

For any questions you might have, or to simply book a trip, contact me, or give me a call.