Willamette River Fishing Charters

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Willamette River Fishing Charters

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Willamette River: 15 fishing charters available
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Roseburg North
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5.0 / 5
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Coburg
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trips from $400
Eugene
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trips from $225
Eugene
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trips from $400
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4.8 / 5
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Oregon City
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trips from $175
Roseburg
Elkton
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trips from $250
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Albany
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Eugene
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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Willamette River are: Full list of top fishing charters in Willamette River

The average price for a private 4 hour Willamette River fishing trip is $429, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $629 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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Many fishing charters in Willamette 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 Willamette River are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Willamette River are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $400
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $425
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $500
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $353

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 27954 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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Salem area fishing can be hit or miss as Salemites know. But, folks, say yes to Oregon coastal river fishing! And, use Chicken Little! Capt Logan has your back! Trust me, 60-90 minutes back to Salem goes by in a flash when you catch your limit with your kid!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Salem area fishing can be hit or miss as Salemites know. But, folks, say yes to Oregon coastal river fishing! And, use Chicken Little! Capt Logan has your back! Trust me, 60-90 minutes back to Salem goes by in a flash when you catch your limit with your kid!
Dan  M.
Dan M.

Paul Hagen's Fishing Guide Service
Paul Hagen's Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Roseburg North
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Had a great time with the captain, very impressed with his want to put you on the fish.
Jeffery  M.
Jeffery M. Medford, OR
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
We had an awesome, family adventure with Captain Dave. He catches fish! Unforgettable.
Thomas  A.
Thomas A. POTAWATAMI PK, IN
March Brown Guide Service LLC
March Brown Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Eugene
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Great float trip today with my grandson and Captain Josh. We did catch and release as well as took a few rainbows home for dinner. Captain Josh took the time to explain various fly fishing techniques with us and made the trip a memorable one. Highly recommend this Captain!
Joe  L.
Joe L. Portland, Oregon
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(31 reviews)
Dave was great...we got skunked on the day which hurts when you are paying $500 to fish but he was fantastic in getting us going and prepared.
Mike  S.
Mike S. Portland, OR
March Brown Guide Service LLC
March Brown Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Eugene
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
My guide, Josh, was excellent. He took good care of us. My son, who hadn't fly fished before, learned a great deal from Josh. My son is hooked. A big Thank You to Josh.
James  B.
James B.
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Over and above what we thought we would experience!!! Dave was patient, relatable and knowledgeable throughout. I brought my 2 boys (7 and 9 yr olds) and my husband. None of us really knew what we were doing (we had only been fishing and crabbing off piers) but it was cool because we didn't have to do anything beyond showing up. We hadn't had much luck crabbing prior to this, but we caught our limit in no time. We plan to return during salmon season. Thank you so much for an amazing day!!
Susannah  L.
Susannah L. Tacoma, WA
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 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
(31 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
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 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
(31 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
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Corkem Fishing Northwest
Fishing charter in Oregon City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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
(31 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