Willamette River

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Willamette River Fishing Charters

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Willamette River: 17 fishing charters available

Oregon Fly Guide

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Coburg
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trips from $350

Skylar Brown Guide Service LLC

Fall Creek
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trips from $225

J Beard Guide Service

Eugene
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Fassiotto’s Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Corvallis
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

Riverside Fly Fishing and Scenic Tours

Eugene
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Wardog Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Eugene
trips from $300

March Brown Guide Service LLC

Eugene
trips from $450

The Riverman Guide Service

Albany
trips from $225

Hammer Down Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Philomath
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Sticks W Strings Guide Service

Oregon City

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Willamette River

The average price for a private 4 hour Willamette River fishing trip is $350, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $439 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Oregon Fly Guide, Skylar Brown Guide Service LLC, and J Beard Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Willamette River. Full list of top fishing charters in Willamette River.

Oregon Fly Guide, Skylar Brown Guide Service LLC, and J Beard Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Willamette River.

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

If you’re looking to cast your line in some fish-filled freshwaters, head to Oregon for a Willamette River fishing adventure. A major tributary of the world-famous Columbia River, this location is bustling with freshwater species all year. On land, there are plenty of experienced guides just waiting to take you on the trip of a lifetime!
 
So what do these waters hold for freshwater fishing enthusiasts? Well, firstly, there’s the prehistoric Sturgeon. This feisty fish is especially plentiful in the 26-mile stretch between Portland and Willamette Falls (plan to cast your line there between May and December). 
 
Want to hook something more conventional but just as exciting? The Willamette River is home to Salmon and Steelhead, too. Steelhead make both summer and winter runs to the River, and can be found in the smaller waterways and tributaries year-round. Look for Chinook Salmon around the lower part of the river in spring. Coho varieties can be found throughout the year in the many tributaries around Willamette Falls. 
 
Generally, charter guides along the Willamette River offer two types of trips – half day and full day options. The only real difference is the length of time, with longer trips allowing you to target a variety of species (Salmon and Sturgeon combo, anyone?). All you need to do is choose how long you want to be out on the water and get ready to cast off  along the Willamette River for an incredible freshwater fishing adventure!
 

Rules & Regulations

This river is the largest in the state of Oregon, so casting your line alongside an experienced guide is invaluable! All you have to bring is a valid Oregon fishing license. Note that Sturgeon is highly regulated in these waters, and the specific rules tend to change annually – but generally, they’re limited to catch and release throughout the river.  
Willamette River
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Based on 25008 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Visit in the middle of January, and you’ll be in good company – this is when the Steelhead make their annual winter run to the river!

February

Sturgeon can be found in these waters year-round, so if you want to battle these prehistoric beasts when the river is quieter, February is the perfect time to visit.

March

A larger number of anglers start flocking to the Willamette River – the Chinook Salmon spring run is almost upon us, after all! This month is peak season for Steelhead, and Sturgeon can be found throughout the river.

April

It’s time to hook yourself some Chinook! April is considered to be far and away the best month to hook these freshwater favorites. Steelhead can still be caught all throughout April in the lower part of the river.

May

 Although they can be found in these waters year-round, May signals the real start of Sturgeon season. Come hook yourself a prehistoric beast! You’ll still be able to battle Chinook and Steelhead, too.

June

Depending on water and weather conditions, you may still be able to target the last remaining Chinook Salmon – head to the waters close to Downtown Portland for the best chance. Sturgeon fishing remains strong.

July

As temperatures rise on land, why not head to the Willamette River to experience another kind of heat – the bite of a majestic Sturgeon! You’ll find this prehistoric fish all throughout the river.

August

This is the perfect time to battle some summer Steelhead – this species is particularly feisty during this month! Sturgeon fishing remains strong, too.

September

If you’re looking to hook the river’s small but mighty population of Coho Salmon, September is the time to do it! Head to the lower section of the river, near the Tulatin and Santiam tributaries, for your best shot.

October

Head to the lower section of the river for a Sturgeon bonanza – this is considered one of the best months to target them, thanks to their love of muddy waters. You can hook the last of the Coho around this area, too.

November

Sturgeon fishing remains seriously strong in November – and the wetter the weather, the better! Stay close to the lower Willamette River, where you’ll find this species gathering in large numbers.

December

Why not finish your year off with some incredible freshwater fishing? Sturgeon fishing is still some of the best you’ll find in the northwest, and midway through December, you’ll be able to target the Steelhead winter run.

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Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Great time fishing with Travis today. The weather was great as was the fishing. We caught a variety of fish, and missed a few big ones. Will have to return and try again. Travis is very knowledgeable of fishing and knows the river well, stopping at several special spots, and saw a couple large fish that weren’t hungry. Would definitely book again with Travis Mark and Jeff
MARK  P.
MARK P. Chapel Hill, NC
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Captain Dave guided us through the Columbia River with expert precision. He switched things up when the present things didn’t work. Highly recommended
Tim  S.
Tim S. Battle Lake, MN
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
This guide is super. We used different tackle and fished in a variety of locations including the mouth, buoy 10 and beyond the jetty. Dave is a Jedi Guide with a back for killer tackle. And our boat limited early! Go Dave your the best! Chum on!!!
Bryan  W.
Bryan W. Portland, Oregon
Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
This was one of the most relaxing and prettiest fishing trip I’ve ever been on. Travis is a super guy and I will definitely be back to float again!
Trent  M.
Trent M. Eugene, OR
Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We had a great time fly fishing the McKenzie river with Travis. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. We caught plenty of rainbow trout, and the shore lunch was great! We highly recommend Travis for your next float trip on the McKenzie river!
Jeff  K.
Jeff K. Portland, Oregon
Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My son and I really enjoyed fishing with Travis. He has a very easy, pleasant manner, and made us feel comfortable right away. We did a full day trip, caught some fish, and enjoyed some great weather and scenery. Lunch was made to order! Really can't say enough about what a great day it was. Highly recommended!
Tim  H.
Tim H. Salem, Oregon
Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My cousin and I had a great time with Captain Travis, very skilled put us on the fish great lunch and a great time we enjoyed our trip . Would highly recommend captain Travis for sure .
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. Saginaw, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Went out with Dave once and booked another trip within the week! Awesome time out on the Columbia river with capt Dave, very knowledgeable and extremely committed to putting the boat on big fish. Wish I could of stayed in town longer would of booked another trip, highly recommend!!!
Joey  P.
Joey P. Middle River, MD
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
This was a blast. Capt. Dave knows his rivers and fish. He put us on seven fish but was only able to boat two of them. I look forward to booking our next trip with Dave.
Ashley  M.
Ashley M. Portland, OR
Oregon Fly Guide
Oregon Fly Guide
Fishing charter in Coburg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Worth every penny!!! The float itself is beautiful and captain Travis knows his stuff. Experienced or novice, this is the guy you want taking you down the river.
Braidy  P.
Braidy P. United States
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Dave is a great guide with a good sense of the river and the fish!. My boys had a great time catching some sturgeon and I hooked a salmon but lost it. All in all, great trip around the Willamette and good memories with my kids. Thanks Dave, hope to do it again soon.
Ryan  L.
Ryan L. Keizer, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Booked a full day trip with Dave and it was everything we could ask for. Caught our fish and Dave was both pleasant and patient with us. He answered all of our questions and even provided rain gear for the guys that didn't bring any. I would book with him again.
Vince  E.
Vince E. Portland, Oregon
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
We drove 2 states over for this trip. It was my kids birthday and it was very important that it was fun. It was the best fishing trip we have ever been on. I 100% recommend you give it a shot!
Trevis  B.
Trevis B. Clearfield, UT
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Even though we didn't catch any keepers, we still had a great day fishing. Dave is good and we'd go with him again!
Lawrence  T.
Lawrence T. Forest Grove, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
I hired captain Dave to take my son and I on a fishing excursion. He did an amazing job and we caught a lot of fish! Big ones too... Both my son and I had a blast and would go fishing with captain Dave anytime.
Matt  M.
Matt M. United States
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Good fishing great weather, Dave was very knowledgeable with the river and how to find fish! Would recommend and will use Dave again with future trips.
Wayne  H.
Wayne H. Astoria, Oregon
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Captain Dave took my son and I out with short notice. Met us promptly at the dock with the boat and gear all set up. All we had to do was jump in! He had a lot of interesting information about the area and took us all around to not only fish but explore and change views. Catching one would have made the whole trip worth it. My 13 year old son caught 5 monsters!! Amazing way to show these desert boys how to experience the great NW!!
Kyle  K.
Kyle K. Buckeye, AZ
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Dave the caption put us on some amazing fish today. I would recommend him to anyone and we plan on booking with him agin soon. 12 sturgeon caught all on them over 50 inches with one at 7 foot. The average fish he put us on was around 60 inch range. Thanks Dave for the incredible day.
Cody  W.
Cody W. Morgan, UT