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Portland Fishing is Abundant and Convenient – A Great Combo
Portland Oregon features great fisheries for year round guided fishing. From Spring, Summer, and Fall salmon runs, to world-class sturgeon fishing, Portland has it all. Not only is it super convenient to launch in Portland, but Portland also has the advantage of location: Chinook and Coho all must swim past Portland on their way to spawning grounds upriver, which means the fishing in abundant with plenty of opportunities to land fish known to be great fighters — and great tasting, too!
We guide for locals as well as sport fishers who fly in from out of town to take advantage of all that Portland has to offer. When you plan your fishing trip out of Portland, we secure your fishing date and meet you on the dock for a great day of fishing.
Portland Salmon Fishing Guide
Spring Chinook salmon are the most sought-after salmon species bar none. This fish has the most oil-flavored omega-3 fat meat of any salmon. These fish arrive in mid-March and traveling over 800 miles to spawn in late fall. Once you catch one of these fish and barbecue with your closest friends, you’ll understand why it’s worth the wait. This salmon is the finest tasting on the entire West Coast, and its available six months out of the year from Oregon waters.
The Columbia and Willamette rivers come together at Portland joining Oregon’s two largest spring salmon runs in the state’s largest city. The river narrows giving us the best opportunity in catching and for those out of towner’s easy access to fishing along with enjoying the Portland fine dining and in the brewery capital of the world.
In the Portland area, the Columbia River is our backyard and we fish its salmon seasons with clients who are both local and international. The Portland salmon fishery is world-class! Not only are spring Chinook salmon abundant, but the Portland region of the Columbia River is breathtakingly beautiful. If you’ve never been to Portland for a fishing charter, you’re in for a treat: the forests are green, Mt. Hood is snowcapped, and the Columbia River Gorge has rock formations and cliffs that are nothing if not impressive.
Portland Sturgeon Fishing Adventures
Some of the best fishing is in May and June as these fish hangout in the deep water pockets around the Portland area in the Columbia and Willamette rivers offering abundant takedowns for those clients that want to wear themselves out.
We tend to run lighter gear when fishing for keeper sturgeon. We basically use the same methods as we do for catching Trophy class fish. It’s fairly simple, we anchor the boat at specific locations where we know sturgeon tend to stack up. At that point we like to plunk bait off the bottom. We generally fish in anywhere from 4 feet to 25 feet deep water depending on the section of river and size of fish we’re targeting. Fresh baits like herring, shad, crawfish, or freshwater clams are among the most effective baits to use and it’s not unusual to hook up with over 50 of these fish in a day. Sturgeon are also predatorial and we’ve even had a few occasions where they’ve chased down our bait on the troll. Sturgeon are hard fighting fish and super fun to catch, giving anglers a real thrill when hooking into one of them. Known for volcanic surfaces and aerial acrobatics sturgeon fishing can definitely get the heart pumping.
Portland Fishing Opportunities
There’s a reason that Portland is such a popular fishery for spring Chinook salmon charters: they fight hard and taste delicious. The Portland spring Chinook salmon run features salmon averaging 8-12 pounds, with some larger fish in the 12-20 pound range. And there’s a reason they are so tasty: spring-run Chinook are mostly stream-type salmon, which means they spend more of their juvenile years in freshwater streams and rivers, allowing them to gain size and strength before they journey to the ocean.
The Columbia River is the best place to hook a spring Chinook salmon but we recommend hiring a professional salmon fishing guide to help ensure success. The guides that run our salmon fishing charter know the river and stay current on the latest reports. For more details on what to expect from your salmon fishing guide, just click here.
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