The great thing for fishermen here in the Pacific Northwest is that we have year around runs of Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon. Add on ocean options for albacore tuna, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, bottom fish, and crab, and you have numerous options to chose from. Some months are certainly better than others, but to enjoy such an abundance of different types of fishing trips is certainly special. Some of the top runs on the continent exist on the Columbia River and within the states of Oregon and Washington. Because of this, you have many choices from which to choose. I want to make sure that you end up with the trip or trips that best suit your needs and desires.
Charter and private boats based in Astoria, Warrenton and Hammond on the Oregon side and the ports of Ilwaco and Chinook in Washington fish in the estuary and also head across the bar to fish for salmon, albacore tuna, halibut and other fish in the Pacific Ocean.
This 63-mile swath of big river offers an array of angling opportunities, including spring, summer and fall chinook, fall coho salmon, steelhead, walleye, shad and bass and panfish, plus some catch and release sturgeon fishing. Spring chinook fishing is very popular, and these fish enter the Columbia starting in mid-February.
We don't have gimmicks like \"Fish Catch Guarantees\". We won't tell you that we're catching 50 pound salmon every week, or tell you the fishing is red hot when it's not, or any of the other assorted things that guides tell prospective clients to get them on their boats. We're honest and we have integrity.
From bass fishing on inland lakes to salmon charters off the Pacific coast, licensed guides and charter boats offer a wide range of fishing opportunities in Washington State. These licenses are required by law in most cases for anyone who accepts fees to take people fishing or operates a vessel from which people fish.
This document describes WDFW license requirements for fishing guides and charter boats. It also notes some additional licenses and inspections required by other agencies, although it does not purport to include all such requirements for local, state, and federal jurisdictions. For additional assistance with WDFW licensing requirements please call 360-902-2464, Option 4.
A Non-Salmon Charter license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for shellfish and fish other than salmon, albacore tuna, or shellfish in Marine Areas 1 through 13 (including 2-1 Willapa Bay, 2-2 Grays Harbor, 8-1 and 8-2), Lake Washington, or the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge.
A Food Fish Guide license is required if you accept a fee to take a person fishing for salmon, sturgeon or other food fish species in freshwater rivers and streams, except Lake Washington, and the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge, which requires a charter license.
Oregon Coast charters for off-shore fishing start in May and last into October. There are salmon seasons in the summer months, halibut seasons about every other weekend, tuna July-September and bottom fish year around. Consult Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife for current seasons: _changes/index.asp
All sturgeon trips are catch and release by state regulation.November - through May: Sturgeon fishing on the Willamette River near Portland, Oregon.June & July: Fishing on the lower Columbia River for the largest sturgeon of the year near Astoria, Oregon.August: Some sturgeon opportunity as part of a salmon/sturgeon combo trip, but in general we just focus on salmon fishing during August.
Of course, many retailers who cater to the coastal fisheries sell other gear too. Salmon fishing is still the number-one draw, and when the salmon are available in good numbers like they were this year, sales skyrocket. And unlike the tuna, many times the salmon are caught within yards of the shorelines.
As for stream and lake fishing at night, you can only fish in certain areas for trout and salmon. You can fish for any warm water fish at night, mainly being smallmouth, walleye, and sturgeon, outside of the Columbia River.
The Columbia River is the largest river in Portland. The Willamette meets with it just north of Portland and there are spots all over the area for shore fishing as well as plenty of boat launches. The main species targeted here are salmon and sturgeon, but the river also offers healthy populations of trout and walleye. Some of the most popular spots are near the islands that are located near Portland, these give the fish more structure and changes in currents, giving you more fishable waters.
During the summer months, Rodbender Sportfishing specializes in ocean salmon, rock cod and halibut. Fishing trips take place out of Tomales Bay (near Bodega Bay), allowing access to the best water in the shortest amount of time. All ocean trips are aboard Rodbender, a 26-foot sport fishing boat with custom railing to keep you safe and comfortable in all water conditions. For those seeking more adventure, camping is available at nearby Lawson\\u2019s Landing.
During the spring and fall, join Rodbender Sportfishing on the delta for catching sturgeon and stripers or the Sacramento River for salmon. Delta and lake trips are aboard the beautiful, 20-foot North River Seahawk boat that\\u2019s fitted with a soft top to keep you relaxed and out of the sun.
In central and northern California's cold upwelled waters, traditionally targeted species included Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus spp.> striped bass, Morone saxatilis> rockfishes, Sebastes spp.> lingcong, Ophiodon elongatus> and white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus. With the exception of the winter months, chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawtscha, is the predominant target species. Several types of trips are offered to central and northern California anglers. One-day trips are offered for trolling or mooching for salmon (February-November), bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod (all year), bait fishing for sturgeon in San Francisco Bay (winter), and live bait or trolling for albacore, Thunnus alalunga, in years when they migrate near shore n the late summer. When live anchovies, Engraulis mordax, are available from late spring through early fall, some San Francisco area vessels run one-day potluck trips targeting whatever is available that day. Striped bass, California halibut, Paralichthys californicus, chinook salmon and rockfish are the preferred target species. 59ce067264