Columbia River

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Premier Guide Service - Boardman

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Boardman
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trips from $200

Shirley Catch Guide Service Astoria OR

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(7 reviews)
Warrenton
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Sandy River Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(99 reviews)
Troutdale
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trips from $140

Play N Hooky Guide Service - Astoria

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Warrenton
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Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Gresham
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trips from $200

Prime Time Outdoors

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Troutdale
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trips from $215

Caleb's Guide Service - Astoria

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(13 reviews)
Astoria
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trips from $250

Woodys Northwest Fishing & Fun – Portland

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Portland
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Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Portland
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trips from $175

2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Portland
trips from $175

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The average price for a private 4 hour Columbia River fishing trip is $445, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $681 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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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:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Columbia River are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $235
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $269
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $364
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $259

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
4.3 / 5
Based on 25065 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!

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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
This is a great trip for first timers. Billy is very knowledgeable and patient. Safety is his priority.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
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!
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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

FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Taylor was fantastic. She had every possible bait available for us and was a wealth of information. We thoroughly enjoyed this cold, clear, winter day on the water.
Jill  A.
Jill A. Portland, OR
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Rivertrek NW – Sturgeon Fishing
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
What a great day. Wade did a great job at finding us fish right away. He is knowledgeable and friendly. Easy to talk to and educated us on everything we wanted to know. Thanks for an awesome trip!
Spencer  W.
Spencer W. Saratoga Springs, UT
Prime Time Outdoors
Prime Time Outdoors
Fishing charter in Troutdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Jeremy was great guide. Very knowledgeable and full of advice. The fish were not cooperating but that is in no way the guides fault. He provided excellent equipment and bait.
Joseph  L.
Joseph L. Vancouver, Washington
Lance Fisher Fishing – Portland
Lance Fisher Fishing – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Five 13 year old boys for a birthday party. Captain Dave was patient, kind, and very educational. I look forward to going again!
Brian  M.
Brian M. Rivergrove, OR
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Wade was awesome!! Super cool guy, we had a tons of fun with him, we were beginners but he was really helpful and patient with us! Highly recommend him!!
Jose  G.
Jose G. Eugene, OR
Prime Time Outdoors
Prime Time Outdoors
Fishing charter in Troutdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Great experience with prime time outdoors. Jeremy was amazing. He made sure to connect with me before the trip to go over what our experience levels were as well as what hand we use so everything was already set up for us. We had a fantastic time celebrating my dad’s retirement.
Nicole  S.
Nicole S. Vancouver, WA
ChromeObsessions LLC
ChromeObsessions LLC
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
It was Awesome! First class boat,equipment and crew! It was a bucket list trip for my wife to catch a chinook salmon in Siletz river and Capt. Michael made it happen. We caught 3 fish and didn’t see anybody or hear of anybody that caught a keeper👍 Great experience for all of us!!
James  P.
James P. Lincoln Beach, OR
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Wade was great! Seasoned, knowledgeable, hard working to find some fish. Couldn't recommend him more!
Frank  B.
Frank B. Henderson, NV
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
We booked this trip for a spontaneous adventure on our vacation to Portland from Ohio, booking experience was smooth and Ken sent texts to let us know everything about how to acquire fishing licenses and directions to the boat launch. He was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to through the whole trip. It was very relaxing and the view of the mountains from the Gorge was to die for. Would 100% book with him again next time we come into town!
Brandon  T.
Brandon T. Portland, Oregon
Caleb's Guide Service - Astoria
Caleb's Guide Service - Astoria
Fishing charter in Astoria
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Great time. Caleb was super responsive and great guide. We caught a handful of fish.
Chris  S.
Chris S. San Diego, CA
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Great day. Got a couple of fish. Ken very knowledgeable and really works for you trying to get fish. Great conversation as well.
John  P.
John P. Klamath Falls, OR
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
RiverTrek NW – Buoy 10
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
It was a beautiful day on the ocean. Wade is a great guide and I'm looking forward to an upcoming river trip with him. A+ in my book!
Marissa  I.
Marissa I. Keizer, OR
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
RiverTrek NW – King Salmon
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Had an amazing time with Wade on his boat. He knew the exact places to go and bait to use. I ended up catching my first ever Chinook salmon and a had a great time with my friends. Highly recommended.
Jared  N.
Jared N. Ridgefield, WA
Pathfinder Sport Fishing LLC – 24'
Pathfinder Sport Fishing LLC – 24'
Fishing charter in The Dalles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
The captain did a great job getting us on the fish! We had a great time, and caught some great fish!
Harold  C.
Harold C. Spokane, WA
FishAbility NW
FishAbility NW
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
I hadn’t fished before and Captain Taylor did a good job in explaining what to do on this trip as well as sharing about her many other fishing adventures. She is friendly and was very well prepared. I had a fun first fishing experience and would recommend her.
Vivian  L.
Vivian L. Portland, OR
Kevin Larson Guide Service – Astoria
Kevin Larson Guide Service – Astoria
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(17 reviews)
Enjoyed our experience even though we didn't land any Coho Kevin made sure we can came home with an abundance of Crab!
Daniel  H.
Daniel H. Boise, ID
Sandy River Guide Service
Sandy River Guide Service
Fishing charter in Troutdale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(99 reviews)
Great trip! Barry is very knowledgeable and helpful. Even when conditions were tough, still positive and gets a few fish. Highly recommend!
Dan  D.
Dan D. Litchfield Park, AZ
Reel Em Up Fishing - Astoria
Reel Em Up Fishing - Astoria
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
An amazing day out fishing and crabbing with captain Rod. All five of us limited out on crab! Rod was highly focused on getting us into the best possible fishing spots throughout the day, all while being exceptionally pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. Couldn't recommend Reel Em Up more, we'll absolutely be back.
Jeff  I.
Jeff I. Portland, OR
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland
Fishing charter in Portland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
My son & I were in town for a couple days in Portland and I had booked a trip on line. We could not have had a better time or had a better captain than Ken. he was as excited as we were and loved taking about the fishing and the area. We caught 13 Sturgeon and had over 20 snags/bites that we could not pull in. Overall great day. Thank you!
Charles  G.
Charles G. North Little Rock, AR
BJ's Guide Service
BJ's Guide Service
Fishing charter in Warrenton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Very knowledgeable and easy going! It was a tough day for fishing but BJ went above and beyond to make us have a memorable experience! The fish weren't biting so instead BJ let us bring home some DELICIOUS crabs that he even prepared and delivered to us! So incredibly grateful for this day!
Peyton  P.
Peyton P. Orem, UT