Dave’s Guide Service

156 Howe Road East
Toledo WA, United States

Dave’s Guide Service operates year round out of Toleda, WA, running river fishing trips targeting Salmon and Steelhead in the tributaries of the Columbia River. The rivers of the Pacific Northwest are famous for their amazing fish stock, as well as their untouched nature, and Dave’s Guide Service offers everything you need to get the very most out of these remote northern waters.

The vessel you will be fishing aboard is a 23 ft Alumaweld boat with room aboard for up to 6 guests. She is powered by a 225HP Yamaha SHO outboard to a speedy 33 knots, and comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, a trolling motor for sneaking up to the best fishing spots, and everything you will need you for a great day on the river.

Dave’s Guide Service specializes in catching the best fish the rivers have to offer depending on the season, with awesome catches to be found in all four seasons. The winter months of January and February are perfect for those looking to catch and release some trophy Steelhead, with 20lb + specimens regularly being pulled in. March is the time to target the huge runs of hatchery Steelhead on the Cowlitz River, making for a great battle on light tackle and a delicious meal at the end of the day.

Spring is the season for the first Chinook Salmon, a delicious fish made extra tasty by its high fat content. After this the summer Steelhead run starts, making for hard-fought battles in the warm summer weather - quite simply the perfect day out! Fall is when you will see the huge runs of Pacific Salmon, fall Chinook, and Coho make their way into the rivers. During this season you can expect to pull in multiple fish per day, and come away with a whole cooler full of fish.

No matter when you choose to go you can be sure of two things - great fish and an awesome time! Captain Dave Mallahan knows these waters like nobody else, he loves nothing more than sharing their beauty with his clients, and passing on the tricks and tips he has built up over a lifetime on the water.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 250
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    A full 8 hours out fishing the Columbia River tributaries for Salmon and Steelhead, depending on what is in season. And Olympic Peninsula rivers
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 175
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    4 hours fishing the Columbia River tributaries for Salmon and Steelhead And Olympic Peninsula rivers

About this listing

Targeted Species

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat Specs

Alumaweld (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 33 knots.

23 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

David Mallahan
Toledo, Washington, United States
Member since February 2017
I started guiding because it was always a childhood dream of mine and I'm in my element out in nature - you never know what's going to happen next! Steelhead and Salmon are my favorite fish to pursue.
Response time: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%