Big Fish Washington

Do you dream of catching the big fish? Do you want to have a fun and relaxing fishing trip on a beautiful WA river? Whether you’re experienced, or new to fishing, Big Fish Washington can help you bring those big fish home!

Captain Mike has over 30 years of experience and his dream has always been to show the best sides of this sport to other people. He fulfilled his dream and gets to share fishing adventures with other people every day.

You’ll be fishing on a 16’ Alumaweld drift boat that accommodates up to 3 anglers. As soon as you get on the boat, you’re practically on your fishing spot, so there’s no need for engines and long boat rides. Start fishing immediately, and use your time to the max!

Capt. Mike will show you several fishing techniques, including spinning, drift fishing, and jigging. These are all very effective, and yet easy to learn if you’re new to this sport. You’ll go after Steelhead, and 3 types of Salmon - Chum, Chinook, and Coho. You get to keep the catch and you’ll also get it cleaned! Capt. Mike will fillet your fish, so just bring a small cooler to keep the fish fresh.

Your fishing equipment is fully covered and included in the price. You only need to purchase your fishing license in advance and bring some snacks and drinks.

Join Big Fish Washington on the river, and make your fishing dreams come true!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Steelhead Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 31
    $325
    There's a half day trip for winter steelhead too! Bring your camera if you want to capture the beauty and wildlife you will see on the Humptulips River! The captain covers everything you need to catch fish.
  • Shared trip
    Full day sturgeon trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 31
    $450
    Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River
  • Private trip
    Full Day Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Dec 31
    $450
    Catch some huge King, Coho and Chum Salmon on the Humptulips river. Drift boat fishing at its finest. Bring your camera and capture the beauty of this full day river trip!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Steelhead Trips
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Mar 31
    $450
    Fishing the Humptulips River for winter Steelhead. Besides amazing fishing action, you'll also have the chance to witness the abundance of beautiful bald eagles. So bring your camera and make awesome photos!
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About the Captain

Mike Shank
Hoquiam, Washington, United States
20 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
24 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since July 2019
Captain Mike has loved fishing ever since he was old enough to hold his first rod over 35 years ago. His life's dream has always been to guide others and he loves that he gets to do it every day. No matter how experienced or inexperienced you are – you're welcome to join on his boat.

About this listing

Targeted species

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Chum) Chum Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat specs

Alumaweld (Drift boat) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 1HP N/A engine.

Length
16 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

Cash
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Rick B.
Oak Harbor, WA
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Full day trip w Capt Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Steelhead Trips on November 20, 2021
My Son and I were fortunate enough to schedule a trip w Capt Mike. I felt like it would be a good trip, even before arrival,...
Rick B. recommends Big Fish Washington
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William H.
Lacey, WA
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Full Day Salmon Slammin Success

VERIFIED   Full Day Salmon Trip on October 10, 2021
Our experience with Big Fish and Captain Mike was amazing.  He was able to reschedule us without a hassle and was easy to...
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Michael A.
Oregon City, Oregon
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Full Day trip for fall salmon with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Salmon Trip on October 3, 2021
Captain Big Fish Mike definitely knows what he is doing. He knows every bend in the river too. I can’t imagine any different...
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Jacqueline F.
Puyallup, Washington
Excellent
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Best fishing experience!

VERIFIED   Full Day Salmon Trip on November 1, 2021
We had a fabulous time fishing with Mike. We caught about a dozen large fish (coho and chum). Mike was very knowledgeable,...
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Jacqui H.
Olympia, Washington
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Full day salmon trip with Captain Mike.

VERIFIED   Full Day Salmon Trip on September 21, 2021
We had a great time fishing with Mike! He was incredibly knowledgeable and patient (we had a couple of very green fisherwomen)....
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FAQs about Big Fish Washington

Big Fish Washington offers the following trips to customers:
  • $200 per group, additional $125 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Steelhead Trip (5 hours)
  • $225 per person - Full day sturgeon trip (8 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $150 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $150 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Steelhead Trips (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Fish Washington, you can expect the following amenity onboard:
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Big Fish Washington include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Big Fish Washington offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Big Fish Washington offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Fish Washington include:
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Chum)
  • Salmon (Coho)