1 Arm Bandit Guide Service

1 Arm Bandit Guide Service specializes in fishing the Columbia River and its tributaries. The charter company is based in Vancouver, Washington, and is run and operated by Captain R.J. He is a professional guide with over 13 years of experience in the local water.

Take a ride aboard his 25’ North River aluminum fishing boat, which comes powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine. It has a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots and can comfortably take up to 6 anglers. The vessel is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with top-notch navigational electronics, which include Furuno GPS and fishfinder, as well as a VHF radio.

There is a wireless trolling motor for a quiet ride to the fishing grounds, an anchoring system to stay rooted, and an ice-box to keep your catch fresh during the day. You will fish some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, going to spots such as the Columbia River Gorge, so make sure you don’t forget your camera as this can be an unforgettable trip!

There are year-round opportunities for fishing in the Pacific Northwest for a multitude of species, such as Salmon, Steelhead, Shad, Sturgeon, and Crab. The crew specializes in drift fishing, trolling, and light tackle.

Every trip comes inclusive with all the necessary fishing equipment to put your catch together. You will be provided with rods, reels, tackle, and lures. Once caught, your fish will be cleaned and filleted for a ride home, where you could try it for dinner later or just fill the freezer.

What is more, Captain R.J. won’t leave you starving – you will be offered drinks and snacks during the trip, so you are only responsible for your fishing licenses.

Experience fishing in Columbia River with 1 Arm Bandit Guide Service and have a memorable time!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Where and what we fish for depends totally on the time of year and where the best bite is. All those details will be given prior to the trip. You will get an opportunity to catch Sturgeon, Salmon, Steelhead, Crabs, and Shad.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    What we fish for and where we fish will be dependent on the time of year. Sturgeon, Steelhead, Salmon, and Shad are among the popular catches. At certain times of the year, all half day charters will be done in the afternoon as many of my days for the peak seasons are booked a year in advance.
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About the Captain

R.J. Herzman
Vancouver, Washington, United States
3 Fishing Reports
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since February 2017
I started fishing when I was 4 years old and have been hooked ever since I knew by the time that I was 13 that my career would somehow revolve around fishing. I own and operate the 1 Arm Bandit Guide Service. I have been fishing the Columbia River and its tributaries for over 30 years and have been a professional guide for the past 14 years. I lost my left arm in a commercial fishing accident in 2001(hence the name of my business) then started guiding in 2003. I am Coast Guard licenced and insured as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Crab Crab
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon Salmon
Shad Shad

Sturgeon Sturgeon

Boat Specs

North River (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
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Great half day trip with Captain Mike!
Half day trip with Captain RJ
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
70%
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Cleo C.
Vancouver, WA
 5.00
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VERIFIED   December 23, 2019
I’d do this trip again in a heartbeat.  It was excellent due to the knowledge, equipment, and conveniences of RJ.
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Heidi H.
Vancouver, WA
 5.00
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VERIFIED   October 25, 2019
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Kevin S.
Creston, MT
 5.00
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VERIFIED   September 28, 2019
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Katie R.
Portland, OR
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 18, 2019
My 12 yr old son and I booked this trip, and had a great time! RJ made sure we caught a bunch of fish. My son got to hook his...
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Janice J.
Livermore, CA
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VERIFIED   April 21, 2019
Awesome day of fishing!! Beyond our expectations!!  Definaetly be going back out on The One Armed Bandit again! ...
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