Columbia River Fishing Charters

98 Fishing Charters

Columbia River Fishing Charters

Search top fishing charters in Columbia River

Top Columbia River Destinations

Columbia River: 98 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(21 reviews)
Warrenton
 Instant Confirmation
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Rufus
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $235
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(131 reviews)
Troutdale
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $140
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Portland
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Eatonville
 Instant Confirmation
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Boardman
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $235
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Portland
 Instant Confirmation
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Warren
 Instant Confirmation
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Troutdale
 Instant Confirmation
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(13 reviews)
Warrenton
 Instant Confirmation

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Columbia River

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Columbia River are: Full list of top fishing charters in Columbia River

The average price for a private 4 hour Columbia River fishing trip is $400, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $763 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Columbia River that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Columbia River are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Columbia River are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Columbia River are:

Many fishing charters in Columbia River 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 Columbia River are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Columbia River?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Columbia River are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $140
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $225
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $265
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $239

Want to explore one of the world's most famous freshwater fisheries? Columbia River fishing guides offer spectacular angling adventures throughout Oregon and Washington all year round. This majestic river flows for over 1,200 miles and gives you the chance to hook some of the most sought-after fish in the entire US – all in one fantastic location!
 
Spring Chinook enter the river in March, and large “June Hogs” show up in summer. The Salmon run starts in fall, so both Chinook and Coho can be hooked in droves as they travel upstream. Speaking of runs, the river is blessed with both summer and winter Steelhead runs. June–August is  especially popular to hook these silver bullets. 
 
Head to the lower Columbia River and you can test your skills against a prehistoric beast – Sturgeon. You can catch and release this fish year round, but the most popular times to visit are during spring in Portland, and in summer for trophy-sized varieties near Astoria. By October, this species travels towards Bonneville Dam. This area also holds Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Channel Catfish, while Shad and Walleye are year-round occupants of the entire Columbia River. 
 
You’ll find a whopping number of local charter guides dotted all along the river’s banks. In Oregon, Portland, Astoria, and the area around Buoy 10 are especially popular. If you’re in Washington, head to the Bonneville Dam, which lies on the state line, as well as nearby Vancouver. No matter where you’re fishing, you’ll have a variety of trips to choose from, from half day beginner-friendly options to longer excursions out on the water. 
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers aged 12 and above need to purchase a valid fishing license to explore the Columbia River. You can buy either an Oregon or Washington State license, depending on where you plan to fish.
 
Columbia River
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27943 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Head to the Columbia River in January and you can enjoy the feeling of having this world class fishery all to yourself. Bundle up and come catch winter Steelhead, Walleye, and Sturgeon!

February

During February, winter fishing on the Columbia River continues. Many local guides focus on catch-and-release Sturgeon fishing near Portland at this time of year, or they head onto other rivers for Steelhead.

March

Spring Chinook are on the scene, bringing many anglers away from the smaller tributaries and onto the Columbia River. You can continue to count on good Sturgeon fishing and the last of the winter Steelhead.

April

Fishing in April allows you to indulge in the quiet before the storm. The river’s busiest season is up ahead, but until then you can enjoy uncrowded waters and a whole lot of spring Salmon.

May

The trophy Sturgeon season is underway! On a good day, anglers catch up to 50 Sturgeon, some of them well over 100 pounds. Spring Chinook are still in the mix, as well.

June

Summer Steelhead are here to join the party, while the trophy Sturgeon season continues in Astoria. The weather is beautiful and the fish are biting hard. What's not to love?!

July

Anglers near the Bonneville Dam are gearing up for the trophy Sturgeon that are starting to arrive. The fall Salmon run isn’t far off — until then, it’s all about Sturgeon and summer Steelhead.

August

Astoria is busy with anglers at this time of year, all of them eager to get in on the Buoy 10 fishery. Fall Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead are all on the menu now, not to mention plenty of trophy Sturgeon.

September

The fall Salmon run continues, featuring some of the best fishing the Columbia River has to offer. You can expect a great catch virtually anywhere from Astoria to Bonneville Dam.

October

By now, most of the fall Chinook and Coho will be near Portland, pulling many anglers away from the coast as they follow. Trophy Sturgeon are on the move too, heading toward Bonneville Dam.

November

In November, many guides turn to the smaller rivers for winter Steelhead fishing. Some are still catching massive Sturgeon near the Bonneville Dam, along with the last of the fall Salmon.

December

December is all about Sturgeon and Steelhead here on the river. These hard-fighting fish will get your blood pumping on a cool winter day like nothing else can!

Columbia River fishing calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

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.
Matthew  D.
Matthew D.
One absolutely has to book a trip with Barry at least once in their angling adventures. Highly recommended.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One absolutely has to book a trip with Barry at least once in their angling adventures. Highly recommended.
Jamie  W.
Jamie W.
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
Michael  A.
Michael A.
We came in Sept. Perfect time to fish. Not crowded but was still able to land fish. Great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We came in Sept. Perfect time to fish. Not crowded but was still able to land fish. Great time.
David  W.
David W. Cumming, GA
Fish in the bay\river. It may be rough going across the bar for a newbie. But expect to catch fish, because you will!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish in the bay\river. It may be rough going across the bar for a newbie. But expect to catch fish, because you will!
Mike  M.
Mike M. Highlands Ranch, CO
This was my wife’s first time. He made her first experience a memory for a lifetime. Your wife’s will love going on his boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my wife’s first time. He made her first experience a memory for a lifetime. Your wife’s will love going on his boat.
Paul  T.
Paul T. Hualapai, AZ
Great harbor, great charter co. Columbia River is an entity unto itself, so awesome to be out on it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great harbor, great charter co. Columbia River is an entity unto itself, so awesome to be out on it.
Steve  E.
Steve E. Springfield, OR
I recommend booking with Robert Vernon; Out Fishin and be prepared together wet! Bring all weather gear. There is storage on the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend booking with Robert Vernon; Out Fishin and be prepared together wet! Bring all weather gear. There is storage on the boat.
Kristina  S.
Kristina S. Sedro-Woolley, WA
Understand that it's great to catch fish but depending on weather and conditions of the water there is no guarantee on leaving with fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that it's great to catch fish but depending on weather and conditions of the water there is no guarantee on leaving with fish.
James  S.
James S. Portland, Oregon
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.
Bill  K.
Bill K. Show Low, AZ
Fishing in July is a great balance between catching fish but not being too crowded with the number of boats in the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in July is a great balance between catching fish but not being too crowded with the number of boats in the water.
Michael  F.
Michael F. Boyds, MD
Get a Good Captain. Captain Taylor was knowledgeable, prepared, & accommodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a Good Captain. Captain Taylor was knowledgeable, prepared, & accommodating.
Bruce  T.
Bruce T. 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.
Megan  S.
Megan S. Fort Ritner, IN
Helpful to know river levels and what affects it (dam releases on Columbia, snow melt on Mt Hood, weather, etc.). Know when the fish are running. Go with a guide if you can.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Helpful to know river levels and what affects it (dam releases on Columbia, snow melt on Mt Hood, weather, etc.). Know when the fish are running. Go with a guide if you can.
Christine  B.
Christine B.
Although we did not catch our fish, there were plenty out there. We had two young boys in the boat and they were learning alot. We all three had a blast and now we think we are ready for the fish. Thank You!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although we did not catch our fish, there were plenty out there. We had two young boys in the boat and they were learning alot. We all three had a blast and now we think we are ready for the fish. Thank You!
Julian  S.
Julian S. Gresham, OR
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.
Thomas  K.
Thomas K. 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.
Nadine  W.
Nadine W. 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.
Pamela  F.
Pamela F. Honolulu, HI
Listen to your guide and if he recommends to delay the trip and if you can do it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your guide and if he recommends to delay the trip and if you can do it!
Keith  T.
Keith T. Bossier City, LA
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
Gloria  S.
Gloria S. Scottsdale, AZ

Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Warren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 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 Warren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 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 – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We maxed out on Dung Crabs, maxed out on Ling cod, and maxed out on rock cod…. Wow what an amazing day. More crab and fish than we could keep. Wade was an amazing captain, had us laughing and catching fish and crabs all day.
Ben  K.
Ben K.
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Warren
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 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
(7 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.
Premier Guide Service
Premier Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rufus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had an amazing day on the Columbia with Jeff. Fishing for sturgeon. He’s a great guy, very knowledgeable and patient. I took my dad and brother on a trip for our birthdays. We pulled in plenty of fish, a few too big to pull into the boat! I highly recommend Capt. Jeff and we will be booking with him again.
Jackson  D.
Jackson D.
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Captain Wade went out of his way to make sure we had the best time fishing. He ensured our catch was cleaned and ready to travel home with us. Very good Captain with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I will definitely call for my next trip.
Kathleen  H.
Kathleen H.
Sandy River Guide Service
Sandy River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Troutdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(131 reviews)
What a blast! Barry is a Fishing Guru and knows the Sandy River like the back of his hand. He was able to guide me to landing my first ever King Salmon — what a gnarly fight this thing put up! I highly recommend Barry if you are in the Portland area and interested in having a wonderful time on the water.
Chris  B.
Chris B.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 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.
Premier Guide Service
Premier Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rufus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had 5 anglers go out with Jeff and the had amazing experience!! My father in law has stage 4 lung cancer and Jeff was so helpful with him and went out of his way to help in anyway . They caught all there fish and had a wonderful time ! Thank you Jeff so much. We will be going out again 🥰
Bill  J.
Bill J.
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 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.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 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.
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
This experience was nothing short of amazing ken is awesome ! Great guide to have in fact best one yet That i have experienced!! great guy very down to earth and knows his stuff !. I believe a total of 15 sturgeon caught …….10 BY ME and 5 by my husband but you know who's counting !!😜 10/10 would recommend !
Tabatha  T.
Tabatha T. Portland, Oregon
Pacific Roots Adventures B10
Pacific Roots Adventures B10
Fishing charter in Astoria
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Had a great time fishing with captain kyle at Bouy ten. He was very knowledgeable and got fish in the boat. Would definitely do it again next time I'm in town.
Ryan  J.
Ryan J. Harbor, OR
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Trip was great Wade was a great host lots of great conversation and very knowledgeable will book again I am sure
Jody  C.
Jody C.
FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Taylor was fantastic! She was great with my 10 year old daughter and was very knowledgeable about the best places to fish. The conditions were pretty rough but Taylor was able to find the fish and we both caught a Chinook. Even better was that my daughter reeled in an 18lb monster! She had the time of her life and it made my day. Thanks Taylor!
Tony  S.
Tony S. Dallas, Oregon
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Shirley Catch Guide Service Portland OR
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain Zachary was a great guide who had us on fish right away. We were able to catch our limit for the day very quickly. Highly recommend this trip.
Dan  D.
Dan D. Churchville, PA
FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with Taylor. Caught our limit and met some great people. Thanks Taylor and Chuck
Tory  S.
Tory S. Shelley, ID
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Had a great day, we only caught native fishing. So We couldn't keep any of them. Captain Wade kept looking for another spot that we might find Hatchery fish, but it wasn't meant to be. Fun day
John  B.
John B.