Play N Hooky Guide Service - Milwaukie

Get ready for a Salmon run of your life with Play N Hooky Guide Service! Team up with Captain Eric Baird and let him guide you to some of the most productive angling spots on Willamette and Columbia Rivers to catch your biggest Chinook and Coho Salmon yet.

There’s a good reason Chinook is also called King Salmon – they often come in impressive sizes and they make the best table fare. Capt. Eric offers full-day trips where you get more than enough time to cast your line and reel in something brag-worthy. You will also get a chance to hunt Dungeness crabs, which are nothing short than scrumptious.

For a memorable angling expedition, you need a strong, reliable boat and your guide has just the thing. His 24’ Riverwild has been tested in the waters of Willamette River and she passed with flying colors, thanks to her twin 225 HP Yamaha engines that keep her a smooth ride.

The vessel is an excellent fishing platform for up to 6 people, and holds all the fishing equipment you need – rods, reels, tackle, and live bait. Drinks are also provided, and if you’d like lunch on board, make sure to mention it when making final arrangements. After you come back from your trip, your captain will clean and fillet your catch for you, so that you can cook and enjoy it for your next meal.

Fishing for spring Chinook and Coho on rivers around Milwaukie is best from April to June, and this is when you can book your trip and head out to your new Salmon adventure. Capt. Eric likes to follow the bite and you will find him in various parts of the country during different seasons, so bear this in mind when booking a trip.

If you’re keeping fishing in the family, feel free to bring your little ones with you, Capt. Eric loves having kids aboard to teach them angling tricks and bring them to fall in love with fishing from a young age.

The only thing you should bring is a valid fishing license and Capt. Eric will take care of putting you on the fish of your life!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 30
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    Come along for an 8-hour trip that will take you to the coastal waters and bays in search of Chinook and Coho Salmon. This expedition provides you with more than enough time to cast your line and hook something you'll be proud of. You will also be on the lookout for Dungeness crabs that are fun to catch and wonderful to eat.
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About the Captain

Eric Baird
Milwaukie, Oregon, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since August 2018
Captain Eric Baird has spent the last quarter of the century casting his line in the waters around Washington and Oregon and he's got ample experience to share with his customers. His parents' love of fishing and the great outdoors was what got him into fishing in the first place. Today, Capt. Eric enjoys the most taking out families with kids and helping them reel in their first catch.

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Targeted Species

Crab Crab
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Riverwild (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2014. Powered by 2 225HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

24 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

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Stacy G.
Beaverton, OR

We went with captain Eric

VERIFIED   April 3, 2019
Captain Eric was very knowledgeable about river. We used great bait patterns And fishing techniques .Pickup and delivery was...
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