Fin Reaper Guide Service

Fin Reaper Guide Service invites you to explore some of the most popular fishing destinations in Oregon and the coast. The company is run and operated by Dale Ballard, who knows the local waters like the back of his hand.

Whether you want to get your hands on keeper Sturgeon, hard-fighting Chinook Salmon or Steelhead, Dale will show you the hottest spots in the North West. You will be able to check the bite on Dale’s home waters, which include the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. In addition to that, Fin Reaper Guide Service can take you fishing various bays and tidewaters, such as Buoy 10, Tillamook, Siletz, Yaquina, Nehalem, and Nestucca.

Your fishing grounds will depend on the water conditions, clarity, stream flow, and the weather. Dale will take you fishing the most popular stretches of the Columbia River and provide you with high-quality gear, tackle, and bait. When you’re done fishing, your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you.

You will need to bring your own lunch, drinks, a cooler for the catch, and a fishing license with a harvest tag.

You will be mastering the cast aboard a brand-new 25’ RB aluminum fishing boat. It is a spacious vessel with plenty of seating for up to six anglers. The boat comes powered by a single 150 HP Mercury 4-stroke engine and an additional motor for trolling. There are top-notch electronics rigged on board, as well as a porta-potty for urgent situations.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    This package can be fully customized to meet your specific needs. The hottest spots vary throughout the year and depend on the weather and water conditions. The spring and fall months, as well as August, are the best for Chinook. Sturgeon are great year-round, while Steelhead are the best in winter and summer. You will be fishing the Columbia River and its stretches.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $280
    This package is great for those who want to feel the taste of fishing the hottest spots of the Columbia River and its stretches. You will be able to check the bite on Buoy 10, Tillamook, and various other rivers, bays, and tidewaters. The list of your potential catches includes Sturgeon, Steelhead, and Salmon.

About the Captain

Dale Ballard
Fairview, Oregon, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
7 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since November 2017
Dale Ballard is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable guides in Northwest Oregon. He is a real threat to the area's population of Sturgeon, Steelhead, and Salmon. Dale enjoys showing off the Columbia River's outstanding fishery to his friends and clients.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Lingcod Lingcod
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Shad Shad
Sturgeon Sturgeon
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

RB (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 150HP Mercury 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 37 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
60%
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Don F.
Kalispell, Montana
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Half day with Captain Dale

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on May 10, 2021
Dale is a fantastic captain. Knew the River.  Found the Sturgeon.  Able to navigate multiple lines in the water. And untangle...
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Fishing with Dale

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 5, 2021
Slow day but still had a nice time. Thank you Captain Dale, tell we hook up again,  🎣Peace ✌
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 22, 2021
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Portland, Oregon
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Full day Steelhead trip

Full Day Trip on January 11, 2019
I had the opportunity to take a guided trip with Dale of Finreaper guide service. We were in search of some winter steelhead. ...
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Sandy, OR
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Salmon fishing with captain Dale Ballard

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 13, 2019
What a great day we had with captain Dale. Caught our limit. Could not have been better.
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FAQs about Fin Reaper Guide Service

Fin Reaper Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $140 per person - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $200 per person - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fin Reaper Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta for urgent use)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Fin Reaper Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures (All gear and bait provided at no additional cost)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Absolutely. Bring a cooler!)
  • Fishing License (A one day license is available at cost.)

Fin Reaper Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Columbia & Willamette Rivers)
  • Inshore Fishing (Nehalem & Tillamook Bays)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Mouth of Columbia, Buoy 10)
  • Offshore Fishing (Conditions permitting )

Fin Reaper Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (used for steelhead)
  • Bottom Fishing (jigging for sea bass, ling cod & halibut)
  • Trolling (is the primary technique used for salmon)
  • Spinning (utilized to lesser extent, bobber & eggs)
  • Drift Fishing (light weight for steelhead)

Top targeted fish species with Fin Reaper Guide Service include:
  • Crab
  • Halibut
  • Lingcod
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shad
  • Sturgeon
  • Walleye