Portland Fishing Charters

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Portland


The average price for a private 4 hour Portland fishing trip is US $521, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $812 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Portland that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Portland provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Portland are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Portland?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Portland are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – AU $409
  • 5-hour fishing trips – AU $537
  • 6-hour fishing trips – AU $601
  • 7-hour fishing trips – AU $349
  • 8-hour fishing trips – AU $543

Fishing in Portland

If you’re a freshwater angler, then nothing quite beats fishing in Portland, Oregon. This quirky city is located right at the meeting point of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and boasts a whole host of other smaller waterways. This means one thing – there’s plenty of fish to target!
 
Salmon are top of many anglers’ wish lists in Portland, and Chinook and Coho varieties are the most popular targets. Chinook kick off the fishing season in March along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and stay strong throughout summer. In fall, many anglers head to the waters around the Bonneville Dam for trophy Chinook and Coho. It’s also not uncommon to encounter Sockeye Salmon in the lower Columbia River and its tributaries, especially in summer. 
 
Salmon aren’t all that’s on offer here, though. You can experience two Steelhead runs, taking place during summer and winter in the Columbia and Cowlitz Rivers. The Clackamas River is especially popular for Steelies in winter! Then there’s Portland’s Sturgeon fishing. The Columbia and Willamette Rivers see a steady population of these prehistoric beasts year-round, which means you can catch and release them whenever you visit. 
 
You’ll find a whole host of fishing charters dotted around Portland. Some of the most popular departure points are around the mouth of the Columbia River and at the meeting point of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Local guides offer trips running anywhere from a quick half day out on the water to full day trophy-chasing excursions. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from!

 

Rules & Regulations

Any angler age 12 and above will need a valid fishing license to cast a line in Portland. If you’re exploring the Columbia River, you’ll also need a Columbia River Basin Endorsement. 
 
Portland
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4.9 / 5
Based on 28556 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Portland Fishing Seasons

January

There’s no shortage of festivities in Portland at the start of the year. When you’ve had your fill of Chocolate Fest, the Reel Music Festival, and  Chinese New Year, head to rivers for some Steelhead action.

February

Winter fishing continues, with Steelhead and Sturgeon putting up spectacular fights in the rivers around Portland. Head back to shore when you’re done and warm up at the Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival. 

March

Spring Chinook are here! This is the perfect time to cast a line in the Columbia River and see what the fuss is all about. Meanwhile, the streets will be bustling with St. Paddy’s Day festivities. 

April

Average temperatures creep as high as 60°F in April, and the spring fishing continues to heat up, too. Trophy Sturgeon season is just around the corner, as well as the summer Salmon and Steelhead runs.

May

Around this time of year, many fishing guides in Oregon start heading to Astoria and the Bonneville Dam for trophy Sturgeon. Spring Salmon are still biting hard, as temperatures climb toward 70°F.

June

June is full of possibilities, so don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Climb aboard and dabble in trophy Sturgeon fishing, "June Hog" Salmon season, and the start of the summer Steelhead run. 

July

Combine angling action with relaxing at one of the many music festivals happening in Portland this month. When you head out on the water, you'll be able to target Sturgeon, Samon, and Steelhead. 

August

The famous Buoy 10 fishery opens this month. Any guides who didn’t head to the coast before will likely head there now for world class Chinook and Coho Salmon fishing!

September

By now, the fall Salmon are making their way to Portland, joining the last of the summer Steelhead. Many guides will follow them back home to fish the local rivers through winter.

October

Fall Salmon are still available, along with the last of the trophy Sturgeon near the Bonneville Dam. Portland is full of the Halloween spirit at this time of year, with haunted houses, corn mazes, and more.

November

The first of the winter Steelhead arrive in November, drawing light tackle and fly anglers into the Clackamas, Willamette, and Cowlitz rivers. Portland is kicking off the holiday season with its famous ZooLights display. 

December

With the holidays in full swing, Portland is as festive as ever. Anglers slip away from the hustle and bustle for a chance to catch winter Steelhead, Sturgeon, and more.

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What anglers said about fishing in Portland

If you are fishing for sturgeon it is great (though it is catch and release in Jan).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing for sturgeon it is great (though it is catch and release in Jan).
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
We were the only ones on the water. The sturgeon were jumping out of the water everywhere. The weather was mild and partially cloudy. All around excellent time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were the only ones on the water. The sturgeon were jumping out of the water everywhere. The weather was mild and partially cloudy. All around excellent time.
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
It depends on rain and how many fish enter river during the run. Also if they start to let netting of drag boats it decreases your chance of a big fish. August to first week of September
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It depends on rain and how many fish enter river during the run. Also if they start to let netting of drag boats it decreases your chance of a big fish. August to first week of September
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Talk to the charters and find out exactly what they can fish for at different times of the year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the charters and find out exactly what they can fish for at different times of the year.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland Show Low, AZ
Get a Good Captain. Captain Taylor was knowledgeable, prepared, & accommodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a Good Captain. Captain Taylor was knowledgeable, prepared, & accommodating.
FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW Olympia, WA
Nice heavy jacket and long sleeves to shed off when fishing in the morning. We had a 7 to 11 trip to Timothy Lake♡ Absolutely loved the peacefulness of the morning though drive was great! But service is spotty so make sure to write down your directions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice heavy jacket and long sleeves to shed off when fishing in the morning. We had a 7 to 11 trip to Timothy Lake♡ Absolutely loved the peacefulness of the morning though drive was great! But service is spotty so make sure to write down your directions.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland Fort Ritner, IN
To Look on fishingbooker.com to select the right fishing. It was great. Only the way to get a licence+harvest list is too complicated. It is still paper required. I think everything must go digital. Iam a German and I needed to go around to find a place where these papers could be printed out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To Look on fishingbooker.com to select the right fishing. It was great. Only the way to get a licence+harvest list is too complicated. It is still paper required. I think everything must go digital. Iam a German and I needed to go around to find a place where these papers could be printed out.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon Charlotte, North Carolina
Allow plenty of time to get from the airport to the coast. The best salmon fishing is near the mouth of the Columbia River or just offshore.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Allow plenty of time to get from the airport to the coast. The best salmon fishing is near the mouth of the Columbia River or just offshore.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon Beaverton, OR
Yes. I went for the experience, not just the fish. The Columbia River and Portland are beautiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. I went for the experience, not just the fish. The Columbia River and Portland are beautiful.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland Honolulu, HI
make plans as close to visit to help ensure the salmon run is truly underway
Excellent
5.0 / 5
make plans as close to visit to help ensure the salmon run is truly underway
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland Scottsdale, AZ
I had never been fishing for Sturgeon and now I’m glad we did! Great suggestion by the Captain. Great action all day. Big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I had never been fishing for Sturgeon and now I’m glad we did! Great suggestion by the Captain. Great action all day. Big fish!
Rather B Fishing – Jet Boat Portland
Rather B Fishing – Jet Boat Portland Brookfield, WI

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Portland?

RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Wade was awesome. He helped my 8 yo nephew get a sturgeon. The half and half is a great option, especially if the salmon aren’t biting.
Nicole  S.
Nicole S.
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Though we didn't catch any fish (bad luck? fish psychology?), we had a great time with captain Zach. He was knowledgeable and accommodating to specific requests while on the river, and courteous when we ran into a misunderstanding related to booking. Definitely worth it! Thanks, Zach!
Tina  L.
Tina L.
Woodys Northwest Fishing & Fun – Portland
Woodys Northwest Fishing & Fun – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
I've been on a lot of trips with a lot of guides and I got to tell you this one is by far the best. He's not just a guide he's a teacher. Take some time for clients to learn with hands-on experience throughout the entire trip. Everyone had a good time and it was well worth it. Will definitely use this guide from now on
Mark  O.
Mark O.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Capt. Wade was a terrific captain! We caught a spring chinook and had a blast fightin’ sturgeon-the boat and gear is top notch and along with being an experienced guide who knows how to put you on fish he is also a very nice human - thoughtful and kind. We’ll absolutely be booking with Wade again - 5 star!
Janis  K.
Janis K.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(146 reviews)
Capt Ken is very knowledgeable, personable and knows his profession! What a great day of fishing! Thank you
Ron  M.
Ron M.
Rather B Fishing – Jet Boat Portland
Rather B Fishing – Jet Boat Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Enjoyed the fishing experience with the captain. He is very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. Unfortunately the fish were not biting.
William  L.
William L. Belgrade, Belgrade
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
My son and I had such a wonderful time with Zach and his buddy! They showed us the ways to catch a Chinook and we did! Thanks for the great day and we will definitely come again!
Olli  S.
Olli S.
Dave's Fisheng Guide Service
Dave's Fisheng Guide Service
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Dave was really fun, the fishing was great, the boat was super comfortable. We couldn’t be happier and will definitely be back soon.
Mark  W.
Mark W.
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
I always try to fish when traveling-a fun guide makes the trip special and we ever caught beautiful steelhead
Shell  K.
Shell K.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Wade was a lot of fun, we had a good time chatting it up. His boat was the nicest one we have been out on. Unfortunately fish just didn’t bite, no matter what we tried. Probably too cold but we will definitely try it again once it warms up. See you soon Wade! Thanks for the laughs!
Jacqueline  F.
Jacqueline F.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
I would highly recommend if you want to catch some sturgeon you call captain Ken he is super knowledgeable and made everything about the trip a fun time. Was my first time sturgeon fishing in Oregon and he put me on 5 fish.
Eric  S.
Eric S.
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Captain Wade had scouted where the fish were just prior to us boarding and brought us right to them. First fish on within 10 minutes, and the pace never slowed. My husband even caught a 9 foot sturgeon!!! Wade is very knowledgeable, kind and an overall super guide! I’d highly recommend this trip and captain Wade to everyone! We will definitely be returning!
Kimberley  M.
Kimberley M.
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Captain Wade was excellent. Prior to the trip he was prompt responding to questions about our trip and licensing. He put us on the fish immediately upon stopping the boat..no playing around, no excuses..fish on! It lasted all day non-stop. We were exhausted but so thrilled and happy with the massive sturgeon we caught and the great environment on the boat. He quickly addressed needs and baited hooks. I will absolutely be back to fish with him!
Matthew  D.
Matthew D.
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
I cannot say enough good things about this trip. The captain, the boat, the gear everything was in excellent shape and performed as it should. We were on fish immediately. Within 8 minutes of anchoring up we had a sturgeon at the boat. Caught fish all day long (40+, with some well over 100 lbs). Would highly recommend this to anyone!
Mitch  J.
Mitch J.
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
ZACH was an awesome guide. We highly recommend him. Great clean boat and gear, kind, knowledgeable, and at the top of his game the entire trip! Don’t hesitate to go with Zach!
Randall  W.
Randall W.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Everything was great, wEade, the captain was knowledgeable and entertaining. We caught 8 salmon, took home 4 in the boat. He fileted them for us.I highly recommend this boat for anyone looking for a great day on the water.
MARK  H.
MARK H.
FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Taylor is a great fishing guide/captain. Loads of fun and just an all around great day!
Lisa  R.
Lisa R.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
What an amazing trip! Wade was very knowledgeable about the Salmon and their habits. He worked hard to find a location and get us on fish. His boat and equipment were extremely nice. Wade provided everything necessary to get on fish and bring them in. We will most definitely be booking another trip with him!
Austin  L.
Austin L.
Heng-On Fishing
Heng-On Fishing
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
We booked two back to back fishing days with Nate. Day 1 we limited out in 2 hours and day 2 we we limited out by lunch time. Nate knows what he’s doing and got us on fish immediately both days. He’s great help to guys that are inexperienced and is there to get everyone on fish. We will be booking our trips with him going forward.
Sean  K.
Sean K. Portland, Oregon
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
Ken is great captain very knowledgeable will work hard catch some fish between my father and I caught 1 chinook 1 jack chinook and 1 coho on our full day trip. He wants everyone to have fun and get extremely excited when you have one on the rod!
Michael  A.
Michael A.

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