Fishing Guides Washington

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Salmon fishing in Washington is fantastic. No other place in the world offers the diversity of angling experiences that Washington does, whether its chasing big Chinook on the open ocean from a charter boat or fishing for sockeye salmon on Lake Washington from a float tube, you can find a fishery that satisfies your desires. This webpage is dedicated to all the salmon anglers that want to fish in Washington. Itís one-stop shopping for all your salmon fishing needs.


There are sever rivers lakes and streams where you can catch fish in Washington State. Salmon, Steelhead Trout Sturgeon Shad Bass and Walleye are some of the favorites. Off the coast in the Pacific Ocean you can land Halibut, Tuna, deep sea bass bottom fish yellow eye and many other fish in Washington State.

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Popular cities offer nearby fishing spots such as Seattle Vancouver, Washington Kennewick Pasco Richland Spokane Tacoma Wenatchee and popular areas like Neah Bay as well as nearby cities like Portland, Oregon.

Trolling the Columbia River from Astoria to the north border of Canada would offer on  many opportunities for catching fish. Use of popular baits and fresh Salmon Eggs and Herring one can catch Salmon Sturgeon Steelhead Smallmouth Bass Walleye Shad and numerous other popular Columbia River fish. There are many tributaries and popular fisheries up and down the Columbia river like Bonneville Pool Drano Lake, Wind River and the fishing at Sandy River the Cowlitz the mouth of the Lewis River the Kalama River trolling near Biggs for Walleye upriver brights fishing and Spring Chinook Salmon or many like Fall Chinook Salmon fishing with the best Columbia River fishing guides in Washington.

Big River Guide Service catches lots of fish and all kinds of Salmon all year long. Big River Guide Service fishes all the popular areas of the Columbia River including the popular Hanford Reach stretch.

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Coastal Rivers
Coastal rivers offer a much different salmon fishing experience than most other rivers. These rivers tend to have far fewer anglers and tend to be less developed, resulting in a more remote, wilderness type of experience, although large crowds can still be found near the hatcheries. Fishing can be terrific, especially in the Quilayute River system, Hoh River, Humptulips River, Chehalis River, Willapa River, and Naselle River.
Columbia River and Tributaries
Year in and year out, more salmon are caught in the Columbia River and its tributaries than any other region in the state. Spring chinook start showing in March and run through May. When open, summer chinook are available in June, July and August. Fall chinook and coho start showing up at Buoy 10 in mid-August, when the stateís most popular salmon fishery busts loose. Coho can be caught clear through December in some streams. As with other areas of the state, salmon regulations on the Columbia system change year to year, or even weekly if in-season updates indicate a particular run is weaker or stronger than anticipated. So be sure to check the regulations and make sure the area you want to fish is open.
Marine Areas
Salmon caught in Illwaco, Westport, LaPush, and Neah Bay (Marine Areas 1 - 4) are mostly Columbia River stocks. Chinook are the primary salmon caught early, with coho coming on strong in August and September, although coho can be abundant at Illwaco early. Willapa Bay (Area 2-1) and Grays Harbor (Area 2-2) provide opportunity on mostly local stocks. Be sure to check the regulations before heading out. In inner Puget Sound marine areas, local stocks of chinook, coho, pink (odd numbered years) and chum provide most of the opportunity. Chinook generally return in July and August, coho in September and October, pink in August and September, and chum in November and December.
Puget Sound Rivers
Salmon fisheries in Puget Sound rivers are limited by the amount of allowable mortality on Endangered Species Act listed chinook salmon. Chinook salmon opportunities are limited to those rivers with heavy hatchery production. There are no directed fisheries on wild stocks of chinook salmon. Nonetheless, many Puget Sound rivers provide excellent opportunities for coho, chum, and in odd-numbered years, pink salmon. Rivers like the Skagit, Snohomish, and Puyallup, kick out thousands of salmon each year in the heart of metropolitan Washington. When the population is healthy enough to allow a fishery, the Lake Washington sockeye fishery is probably the most popular urban salmon fishery in the world.
Strait of Juan de Fuca and Hood Canal Rivers
Salmon fisheries in Strait of Juan de Fuca and Hood Canal rivers are limited by the amount of allowable mortality on Endangered Species Act listed chinook salmon and summer chum. Chinook salmon opportunities are limited to those areas with heavy hatchery production, namely the Skokomish River and Hoodsport Hatchery Zone. There are no directed fisheries on wild stocks of chinook salmon. Nonetheless, many rivers provide excellent opportunities for coho and chum salmon. Rivers like the Dungeness, Quilcene, and Skokomish kick out thousands of salmon each year. Look for less crowded opportunities on the smaller rivers like the Dewatto River or the Tahuya River.

Dated Information:

Catch trout, salmon, sturgeon
during Free Fishing Weekend

Anglers are reeling in salmon and sturgeon from the Columbia River, lingcod from Puget Sound, and trout from lakes and ponds throughout the state. Starting June 1, fishing seasons will also open for trout in hundreds of rivers across the state.

Sound like fun? Prospective anglers who are interested in fishing but donít have a fishing license can get in on the action during Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 8-9.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. In addition, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required that weekend to park at any of the 650 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing," said Craig Burley, WDFW Fish Division manager. "Adults can take kids fishing on a wide variety of waters around the state."

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits will still be in effect. For example, no crab fishing will be allowed in Puget Sound during Free Fishing Weekend, because no areas will be open for crabbing at that time.

In addition, all anglers will be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch that weekend. Catch record cards and WDFW's Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. The rules pamphlet is available online at .

Of course, this monthís fishing opportunities don't begin or end with Free Fishing Weekend. For Fatherís Day, WDFW hatchery crews are stocking 10,000 extra triploid trout in 20 popular lakes during the weekend of June 15-16. Other key dates for anglers include:

  • June 1 - Portions of the Skagit, Cascade and Skykomish rivers open to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon.
  • June 8 - Selective fisheries for hatchery chinook salmon begin off the coast of Ilwaco and Westport in marine areas 1 and 2.
  • June 16 - Fishing for summer chinook and sockeye salmon opens on the Columbia River from the Megler Astoria Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.
  • June 22 - Selective fisheries for hatchery chinook salmon begin off the coast of La Push and Neah Bay in marine areas 3 and 4.
  • July 1 - Crab fisheries open in most areas of Puget Sound, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

For more information about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFWís website at . These reports are updated throughout the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational opportunities around the state.  

Lower and Middle Yakima River Water Access Sites
WDFW is offering a Spring chinook fishery on the lower and middle Yakima River and at Ringold on the Lower Columbia beginning May 1. Not all water access site shown here are open during the Spring Chinook season, check the Fishing Regulations Pamphlet for more information.
In some years, spring Chinook fishing is open on the lower and middle Yakima River and at Ringold on the Lower Columbia. The spring Chinook season may not be open adjacent to all water access sites shown here. Please check the Sport Fishing Regulation Pamphlet and the Emergency Rules to determine if the river is currently open for spring Chinook fishing and which areas are open.



Sturgeon Fishing:
This is by far my favorite subject, there is nothing better then spending a day on the river chasing after these fish. Oregon has the largest population of White Sturgeon in the world. The Columbia River from Bonneville dam to the Estuary in Astoria is prime habitat for the fish to grow to huge sizes fish to 14' have been caught during the oversize season.
Depending on the time of year you fish will determine what type of fishing we will do. From January-May we are below Bonneville Dam going after Keeper size Sturgeon, a keeper is a fish between 42 and 60 inches! Its not uncommon to catch 50 plus fish a day while after your keepers with the average running 35-40 inches. From May-Aug we will move to the Estuary in Astoria and chase keepers, this is prime keepers season with limits being the rule!
Also during this time the Oversize Sturgeon are below Bonneville dam, the average oversize will be in the area of 8', with fish to 12 feet caught from time to time. These fish are here to spawn so there is no retention on them, but a 20 minute fight with one of these is unbelievable!
Sturgeon fishing is my most popular trip, so if you are ready to test your strength against a 10' monster of get some tasty treat to take home, call me and we will arrange a trip to your requirements!


Salmon Fishing:

Salmon fishing is one thing Oregon is well known for, weather you are catching Silver's and the lightning fast runs or Chinook and their strong hard fights we've got you covered!
In the Spring its the Ocean fresh Spring Chinook we are after, we will be fishing either the mainstream of the Columbia River of the Willamette around Portland, these fish average 20-25lbs and are great eating!

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Washington fishing guides also fish the Willamette River below Willamette Falls, and the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the mouth near Astoria, for Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Shad, and Sturgeon-both keeper & Oversize. Typically a 24' sled will accommodate 4-6 fisherman in safety and comfort, and give you the opportunity for the trophy of a lifetime.

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Willamette River Fishing Guides are booking trips on the Upper & Lower Columbia River, including Buoy 10, Willamette River, Tillamook Bay, Nehalem Bay & Clackamas River for Salmon/Steelhead, Shad & Sturgeon.

Many fishing guides on the Willamette river specialize in Oversize sturgeon, these fish range in size from 6 feet to ? and often break the surface of the water to make for an excellent photo. Youíll be fishing with Coast Guard licensed guides in comfortable boats with all the bait and gear provided for the species of fish you are going after, with hot coffee and lunch provided.

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Local Streamflow Levels: East Fork Lewis near Heisson North Fork Lewis at Ariel Cowlitz at Mayfield Dam 14,200

Cowlitz at Castle Rock South Fork Toutle at Toutle Klickitat at Pitt White Salmon at Underwood

Lower Columbia at Bonneville Dam 144,860 Willamette at Portland Washougal at Hathaway Park Grays near mouth

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Salmon fishing for Coho and Silvers or Fall Chinook is great sport so call fishing guides from Washington all the way from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon and a Columbia River Fishing Guide to book half day trips or fishing vacations at fabulous fishing resorts.

Neah Bay charter boats Astoria Sturgeon Fishing Guides Buoy 10 Salmon runs Fall Chinook Salmon.