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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.
 
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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!

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make plans as close to visit to help ensure the salmon run is truly underway
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make plans as close to visit to help ensure the salmon run is truly underway
Gloria  S.
Gloria S. Scottsdale, AZ
This is a great trip for first timers. Billy is very knowledgeable and patient. Safety is his priority.
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This is a great trip for first timers. Billy is very knowledgeable and patient. Safety is his priority.
Kieran  W.
Kieran W. Portland, OR
DRESS WARM.BE PATIENT.STAY ON THE FISH LISTEN TO THE CAPTAIN. GOOD LUCK!!!
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DRESS WARM.BE PATIENT.STAY ON THE FISH LISTEN TO THE CAPTAIN. GOOD LUCK!!!
John  H.
John H. Puyallup, WA
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!
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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!
Paul  W.
Paul W. Brookfield, WI
Be sure to book with a LOCAL GUIDE, like Mike . Lots of out of area guides just don't know the area.
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Be sure to book with a LOCAL GUIDE, like Mike . Lots of out of area guides just don't know the area.
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FishingBooker Member Antioch, California
Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
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Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
William  M.
William M. United States
It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
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It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
Lori  R.
Lori R. Seattle, WA
If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
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If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
Chuck  G.
Chuck G. Port Orchard, Washington

2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Ken was a great guide! He was knowledgeable and very informative. He knew the area very well and his experience was top notch. We had an awesome and successful day! We will definitely be looking to book a trip again with Ken in the near future and highly recommend him! Thanks again for the great trip!
Cassandra  W.
Cassandra W. Beaverton, Oregon
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Ken was a terrific guide. His passion for the area and fishing shines through. He has great people skills and knows when to push, when to educate, and when to lay back. It was an incredible experience on the Columbia Gorge topped off by a fine fish!
Andrew  W.
Andrew W. Salt Lake City, UT
Sandy River Guide Service
Sandy River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Troutdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 78 reviews
Had a great time on our trip along the Sandy River with Captain Barry. The river was nice and quiet and he did a great job of putting us on top of fish. My son snagged a 30lb salmon that gave him a fight he'll remember for a long time! Great conversation and an overall great experience. Plus he had a secret bait mix that had us catching fish when the people around us weren't! Would definitely recommend!
Guy E Reyes Jr
Guy E Reyes Jr Boerne, Texas
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
We had a great time during our trip. Great communication from Captain Ken leading up to the trip, and everything went smoothly during our time out. Captain Ken put us on a few salmon as seen in the pictures, and some not pictured that we had to release. He kept it entertaining the whole time. Would definitely recommend and will certainly go back out when we visit Oregon again!
Guy E Reyes Jr
Guy E Reyes Jr Boerne, Texas
Anvil Outdoors Guide Service
Anvil Outdoors Guide Service
Fishing charter in Washougal
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
We had an excellent time. Only 1 person on the boat caught anything but I guess thats why it is called fishing. Will do this again
Timothy  R.
Timothy R. Idaho Falls, ID
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Still caught a couple near the end of the salmon run! Ken even knew how many tries we would get. Great guy. local and knowledgeable.
Dylan  W.
Dylan W. Mount Washington, KY
Sandy River Guide Service
Sandy River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Troutdale
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 78 reviews
Barry was great. He worked hard for us, was kind, great commutation on what to do and when. He knows the river and how to fish it.
Matt  H.
Matt H. Brandon, MS
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
I had high expectations when I showed up at the dock, but, in the 5 hours with Captain Ken Burns, my expectations were blown out of the water (by sturgeon)! I highly recommend Captain Ken!!
Jake  J.
Jake J. Wilburton, OK
Premier Guide Service - Boardman
Premier Guide Service - Boardman
Fishing charter in Boardman
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My family and I had a wonderful experience fishing with Jeff Frenette yesterday. He is a very personable captain, knowledgable of the river and its fishes and dedicated to providing the best experience possible. His boat and equipment are modern and first class. We had a great day on the river, caught fish and were comfortable and safe the entire time. Thanks, Jeff! I look forward to fishing with you again.
Doug  S.
Doug S. Spokane, WA
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Great trip, I was lucky enough to catch my limit by 9:30am. Crazy! Good guide
Mark  W.
Mark W. Sherwood, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Beautiful day fishing on the Columbia river, captain Dave did a great job driving the boat and keeping us all fishing.I would recommend him highly. Great Job Dave , Thanks for the experience.
Scott  A.
Scott A. Keizer, OR
Black Dogg Guide Service
Black Dogg Guide Service
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 17 reviews
Gordy was AMAZING! He was very nice and knowledgeable. He braved some pretty crappy weather with us and still showed us a great time.
Tiffany  P.
Tiffany P. West Jordan, UT
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Had a great time. Would highly recommend & look forward to the opportunity to head back out again.
James  K.
James K. Ridgefield, WA
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
Great day with Ken. He is a fantastic guide and extremely knowledgeable. He was just as excited to catch fish as we were and worked hard the entire trip to make sure we did. He shared a lot of valuable knowledge and was a pleasure to be with. Recommend a trip with Ken
Dan  S.
Dan S. Portland, Oregon
Fin Reaper Guide Service
Fin Reaper Guide Service
Fishing charter in Fairview
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 7 reviews
Slow day but still had a nice time. Thank you Captain Dale, tell we hook up again, 🎣Peace ✌
Paul  S.
Paul S. San Francisco, California
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
We didn't catch anything, but not for a lack of trying. Ken is a great Captain - entertaining and safe - will try again with him.
Doreen  W.
Doreen W. Richland, WA
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Beautiful day on the water catching was slow but we came home with fish because of captain Dave’s experience. I say five stars
Ron  P.
Ron P. Portland, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Captain Dave is a friendly, competent guide who helped ensure that our trip was not only successful, but fun. I'd gladly use him again.
Eric  E.
Eric E. Portland, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Corkem Fishing Northwest - Columbia
Fishing charter in Warrenton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 21 reviews
Dave was an awesome guide put us on the fish we both tagged out great equipment will go back again
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Salem, OR
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 80 reviews
My son's and I went on our first guided fishing trip. Captain Ken is an excellent guide. He was very helpful from planning the trip to the time we met up. The trip itself was fun. Captain Ken is extremely knowledgeable about the fishing business. He is a great guide and we had a great time catching some sturgeon. We will definitely be booking with him again.
Terry  H.
Terry H. Hillsboro, OR

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Columbia River

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Columbia River costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $366, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $547. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Columbia River is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.


2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland, Woodys Northwest Fishing & Fun – Portland, and Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Columbia River.

The best way to experience fishing in Columbia River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Columbia River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Salmon (Chinook), Sturgeon, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and spinning. River fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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! Check availability for local fishing charters in Columbia River.