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With lakes, rivers, and an extensive coastline to explore, casting a line in the “Beaver State” is all about variety! Hop aboard one of the many Oregon fishing charters on offer and you’ll have the chance to experience it all for yourself. 
The species you’ll target depend on where you fish, but no matter where you go, you’ll find world-famous fish. The Oregon Coast boasts Chinook and Coho Salmon, Lingcod, Rockfish, Halibut, Crabs, Clams, and even Sturgeon in the bays during cooler months. In the summer, you can go deep sea fishing for Tuna offshore. Trolling is the most popular technique, and captains run trips that last anywhere from a half day to a full day Tuna-chasing affair. 
Freshwater fishing here is seriously exciting, too. Oregon boasts the Columbia River, as well as the Willamette, Clackamas, Nestucca, and Umpqua Rivers. In summer, the Columbia is bustling with Sturgeon and Chinook Salmon. Spring sees smaller rivers fill up with Salmon and Steelhead. The Deschutes River is a Trout hotspot. Tenmile Lake boasts Rainbow Trout, Catfish, and Panfish. Light tackle is a favored technique, and trips run from half days to full days. 
With such a variety of fishing grounds on offer, there are plenty of departure points to choose from. Tillamook, Coos Bay, and Astoria are hot spots for ocean fishing. Heading to the Columbia River? Charter captains depart from Astoria, Portland, and around the Bonneville Dam. For smaller rivers, you’ll find local guides posted up along the river banks. Basically, wherever you want to fish, you’ll find someone waiting to take you out!

Rules & Regulations

All anglers age 12 and older must buy a fishing license to cast a line in Oregon. If you plan on fishing for Salmon, Sturgeon, or Steelhead in the Columbia River or its tributaries, you must also purchase a Columbia River Basin Endorsement.
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In the rivers, winter fishing is all about Steelhead and Sturgeon. During January you can have great luck fishing for both species, but just be sure to check out which fish you can keep ahead of time.


Most Sturgeon in the Columbia River stick around Portland and Longview early in the year. Meanwhile, small streams are swarming with winter Steelhead. In bayside towns, crabbing and clamming can be excellent.


Oregon fishing starts to pick up momentum in March, when spring Chinook make their entrance in the rivers. Jetty fishing produces the likes of Herring, Surfperch, and Lingcod.


Come spring, Shad fishing in the Columbia River is extremely popular, with several million fish passing through this waterway! Winter Steelhead and spring Chinook fishing is hot, too.


The season for Halibut typically opens in May, making this a great time to dabble in a little bottom fishing! Trophy Sturgeon fishing in the Columbia River also kicks off, while the best of Salmon season is just ahead.


It’s "June Hog" season in the Columbia River, when anglers catch some of the biggest Chinook of the year. Summer Steelhead are on the scene, while more and more “Dinosaur” Sturgeon are spotted by the day.


Albacore Tuna fishing is usually in full swing by July, drawing many anglers to the waters offshore. This is also one of the best times to experience Oregon's deep sea fishing, when every species is biting.


Many anglers head to Astoria to explore Buoy 10's fishery in August. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, there’s still superb fishing to be had in the lakes, bays, and offshore.


It’s hard to pick a bad place for fishing in Oregon at this time of year. The Columbia River offers fall Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead, while the bays promise no shortage of surprises. 


By October, many guides have moved to the Bonneville Dam for trophy Sturgeon fishing. Elsewhere, anglers in Portland are enjoying the fall Chinook season. 


The season for Halibut may be closed at this time of year, but crabbing and clamming opportunities are heating up just in time to make up for it! River fishing guides are targeting winter Steelhead.


Walleye, Steelhead, and Sturgeon are all biting in December. So long as the rain holds off, you can have great success while crabbing in the bays!

Oregon Fishing Calendar

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Edward N. fished with SOA Charters - Winchester Bay on September 22, 2021
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Bring warm cloths. Even if its warm on shore it will be chilly on the water. Need good weather for access to the ocean.
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Gloria S. fished with 2 Net Fishing Guide LLC – Portland on May 17, 2021
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make plans as close to visit to help ensure the salmon run is truly underway
Great day with Captain Steve
James S. fished with Steve Huber's Guide Service - Rogue on April 14, 2021
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Bottom fishing was excellent! Lots of facilities are available along with excellent guides!
Full day steelhead
2084202705 2. fished with Pacific Roots Adventures – Tillamook on April 6, 2021
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Expect to work a bit but it was excellent
Float the Sandy & learn the fishing holes!
Steven A. fished with Sandy River Guide Service on December 1, 2020
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Time the salmon & steelhead runs for some fun.
Full Day Ocean - Bottom Fishing Run
Jeff H. fished with Pastime Fishing Adventures – Offshore on October 5, 2020
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Just make sure you know what you are booking if you are from the East Coast. The charters in the East head out a lot further than the West coast ones do, apparently. Besides that, have fun. It will be a great experience.
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Kieran W. fished with BJ's Guide Service on August 30, 2020
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This is a great trip for first timers. Billy is very knowledgeable and patient. Safety is his priority.
If you're looking for king salmon and Chinook fishing in Tillamook Oregon Jameson Johnson is the best by far!
Mark H. fished with Big Johnson's Guide Service on November 5, 2019
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Definitely look up Jameson Johnson fishing this man I think has gills! He takes you to the fish and gives you an experience of a lifetime highly recommended can't wait to do it again

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Oregon

According to customer reviews, Big Bite Fishin Charters, All Depth Charters, and Watson Fishing Guide Service – Gold Beach are some of the most popular fishing charters in Oregon. Full list of top fishing charters in Oregon.

Big Bite Fishin Charters, All Depth Charters, and Watson Fishing Guide Service – Gold Beach all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Oregon.

The best way to experience fishing in Oregon 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 Oregon.

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It’s hard to pick a bad place for fishing in Oregon at this time of year. The Columbia River offers fall Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead, while the bays promise no shortage of surprises.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Oregon.