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Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey


Oregon has some of the best fishing year round, however, knowing what species to target and when is key to a successful day. Spring and Summer offer some fantastic sturgeon, salmon and steelhead fishing on both the Willamette and Columbia rivers! Fall is primarily when we target the big run of Chinook and Coho Salmon we get flooding into the Columbia River as they make their way back from the ocean. In the winter we spend the majority of our time on the Willamette River, catch and release Sturgeon fishing.


During February, winter fishing on the Columbia River continues. Many local guides focus on catch-and-release Sturgeon fishing near Portland at this time of year, or they head onto other rivers for Steelhead.

When it comes to Columbia River fishing guides, we offer world-class Oregon guided charter trips for salmon, sturgeon and walleye. We share some of the most exceptional guided fishing experiences Oregon offers! Our guides have decades of experience leading charter fishing on the Columbia. We are a father-and-son fishing guide team.

Guided sturgeon fishing trips are where fishing expectations are shattered! Columbia River Fishing Adventures offers two different options for some truly world-class Columbia river sturgeon fishing trips! With a population of over 2 million sturgeon, Oregon has the best sturgeon fishing in the world! Sturgeon can be caught year-round and provide a great fishing trip for everyone. These fishing trips provide non-stop action averaging from 30 to 50 fish a day. The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in the world and can grow to over 13 feet. Some sturgeon weigh over 1000 pounds!

Oregon guided sturgeon fishing trips during the catch and release season offer over 150 miles of river with two million sturgeon and rarely another boat it sight. These sturgeon fishing trips are truly one of the best fishing experiences the world has to offer. These sturgeon fishing trips fall into two different groups of anglers: those who want to catch a lot of fish and those who are looking to catch the biggest fish in their lifetime. Oversized sturgeon fishing is quite the thrill. If you are looking to have a fantastic action-packed day catching fish, an average day will usually see 30 to 50 fish per day in the 3 to 6-foot range. If you are looking to catch that fish of a lifetime over 8 feet, you will commonly catch 4 to 8 fish a day many in the 10-foot range. We catch sturgeon year-round with April through June being the best fishing of the year. If you are looking for big numbers, 30 to 50 fish days are very common. If you are looking to catch the big ones, then June through September is your best opportunity.

Well, here I am many years later working as a professional fishing guide. To tell you the truth, after years of guiding, I still think about how lucky I am to go fishing for a living. I must be dreaming! I love what I do, and those who have fished with me will testify about the energy and passion I bring to the river each day. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy the day than hooking into a big sturgeon or salmon.

The Columbia River is one of the great sport fishing rivers in the world. To be a fishing guide and run charters on this river is really amazing and I love sharing it with my guests. From the mouth of the river at Astoria, Oregon and Ilwaco, Washington to the Hanford Reach, meaningful fishing for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon exists year round. You really have a ton of options for your fishing trip. I concentrate my efforts seasonally, guiding and running charters in 200 miles of river, from the mouth of the river in Astoria/Ilwaco through Portland, Bonneville Dam and up to the John Day River. This 200 mile stretch of river is served by my two locations. One in Astoria, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River, and the other in Portland, Oregon. The Portland location is about 100 miles from the river mouth and 100 miles from the East end of the Columbia River Gorge, which is the furthest east that we fish. If you need to fish further east than the John Day I can provide a referral to a guide or charter that might be able to help.

From bass fishing on inland lakes to salmon charters off the Pacific coast, licensed guides and charter boats offer a wide range of fishing opportunities in Washington State. These licenses are required by law in most cases for anyone who accepts fees to take people fishing or operates a vessel from which people fish.

This document describes WDFW license requirements for fishing guides and charter boats. It also notes some additional licenses and inspections required by other agencies, although it does not purport to include all such requirements for local, state, and federal jurisdictions. For additional assistance with WDFW licensing requirements please call 360-902-2464, Option 4.

A Food Fish Guide license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for salmon, sturgeon or other food fish species in freshwater rivers and streams, except Lake Washington, and the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge, which requires a charter license.

To conduct guided fishing trips in Olympic National Park, fishing guides must apply for a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) from the National Park Service (NPS). For more information and an application visit Olympic National Park's business page or call 360-565-3028.

There is a great deal of species diversity among fish in this river. That means that you will be able to catch a large number of fish on the Willamette, both native and non-native species. It all depends on the season and the area you fish in. You will also be able to see a number of incredible local birds that are the pride of the Willamette River. Fishing charters are available to hire from a number of marinas on the river. Fishing charters are an excellent choice for beginners and visitors who want to have some fun fishing for a day.

Not sure where to start? Pastime Fishing Adventures is a professional and reliable fishing charter service. With more than 5 locations, we can provide fun and memorable fishing trips for groups all over Oregon.

Much of the year I fish below Bonneville dam where huge Salmon and Sturgeon gather. Many people believe that this stretch of the Columbia river is one of the best fishing hot spots on the entire Columbia River. Most of my clients book Bonneville dam fishing trips several years ahead in order to be here for prime time fishing. Most of them always bring their cameras because this area of the Columbia River is in the breath taking Columbia Gorge and the sights you will see of the dam are magnificent.

Columbia River Sturgeon fishing guides or fishing charter boats anchor below the Bonneville dam and troll below Bonneville dam for Spring Chinook and upriver brights as well as keeper and trophy Sturgeon with the best fishing baits and popular fishing lures.

Summer fishing in Eastern Oregon is all about variety. The John Day River, from Service Creek to Cottonwood Bridge, offers fabulous smallmouth bass fishing in a rugged canyon setting; several guides lead multiday fishing and camping trips here.

Oregon Coast charters for off-shore fishing start in May and last into October. There are salmon seasons in the summer months, halibut seasons about every other weekend, tuna July-September and bottom fish year around. Consult Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife for current seasons: _changes/index.asp

We also are the best Oregon Fishing Guides on the Columbia river that fish for King Salmon, Fall Chinook, Coho Salmon, Silver Salmon, Spring Chinook, Summer Chinook and Steelhead. King Salmon, Fall Salmon are caught in Tillamook Bay, that weigh up to 60 pounds and more. Fisherman every year come from all over the world to catch Fall Chinook Salmon here. Astora Oregon, Columbia River is another place to catch Fall Chinook, King Salmon, with a bonus of a Silver Salmon. We also fish Spring Salmon on the Columbia River, Willamette River and Clackamas River. Oregon fishing guides and Columbia River fishing guides who fish these rivers have their favorite spots. Todd and Julie Brenton have 20 plus years and are the "best of the best" of the Oregon Fishing Guides and Columbia River Fishing Guides. A record run for the Columbia River and a very large run in the Willamette River is expected for Spring Chinook Salmon this year. Columbia River Guides and Oregon Fishing Guides like us are looking forward to limits of Spring Chinook Salmon.

Please make sure you check out our whole web site to see more about the incredible guided fishing trips and charters that we provide, and please don't hesitate to call us with any questions that you may have. We love talking fishing!

We don't have gimmicks like "Fish Catch Guarantees". We won't tell you that we're catching 50 pound salmon every week, or tell you the fishing is red hot when it's not, or any of the other assorted things that guides tell prospective clients to get them on their boats. We're honest and we have integrity.

We provide high quality fishing trips at the median price for guides in the NW. We could charge more or we could charge less, but we don't want you to come fishing with us because your decision is based on price. We want you to come fishing with us because you think we run a first class operation, that we are going to treat you well, and because we catch fish.

Portland offers great fishing year-round, but some of the best fishing is done when the salmon are running. Salmon runs happen during most of the year in Portland, just in different streams and rivers. The first ones start with the chinook runs in spring and end with more chinook runs in the coastal rivers during the fall.

Salmon will stick to the main rivers in Portland, the Columbia, and Willamette. They will be all over when they are running, and it will be hard to find a spot without salmon. You should try fishing by eddies, deeper spots, and near faster-moving water. Salmon like clean, cold water and the extra current will help them get that and will also bring in more food for them. 041b061a72

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