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Oregon Fishing Seasons
Fishing Dates for Salmon Sturgeon Steelhead Tuna Halibut


Oregon Fishing Opportunities

Oversize Sturgeon ( Year-round )
This is a world-class fishery that is being recognized with big demand. Come aboard and catch these monsters daily. Our guides average 3 to 7 fish a day ranging between 8 and 11 feet and tipping the scales at 200 to 600 pounds each. The season for this fishery depends heavily on Fisheries managers decisions so open dates for retention can vary. The fishery typically remains open for catch and release throughout the year. A very fun fishery where you are always getting a bite, sometimes it's a small fish and sometimes a very large one. Note: Your arms may be a bit sore the following day.

Sandy River, Siletz River, Rogue River, Grand Ronde River Winter Steelhead ( January-April )
Fast action and lots of it is in store for anglers fishing winter steelhead in Oregon and Washington. Top guides and fantastic runs of both hatchery and wild steelhead fill these rivers at various times throughout the year.

Willamette & Columbia River Spring Chinook ( March-May )
This is a fantastic fishery that's close to Portland and provides some of the best eating fish of the year -- Spring Chinook. These fish are packed with large amounts of heart healthy Omega-3 oils and make for excellent table fair. Peak fishing is typically experienced late March through early May. Seats for this popular fishery fill months in advance so book early.

Summer Chinook, Summer Steelhead ( June-August )
Fishing during the summer could not get much better than this, warm days lots of fish (4-10 fish days are very common). Throw in a few 30 to 40 pound Chinook, and the wonderful scenery along Oregon's beautiful rivers and you'll have a fantastic trip not soon to be forgotten.

Columbia River (Buoy 10), Pacific Ocean ( August-September )
If you are looking for a fishing trip that has both quality and quantity this is it! An extremely fun, action packed fishery and boat limits are the rule. These fish live up to their name -- big and bright! The combination of big fish, light tackle and great weather makes every trip enjoyable. The average catch per boat is 10 to 40 fish per day with lots of big Chinook in the bag also. Dates fill fast for this popular fishery so book early, at least 4 months in advance. Prime fishing is experienced mid August to mid September.

Columbia Upriver Brights ( September )
In September our guides will be targeting the Columbia Upriver Brights in the Columbia River from Astoria to Bonneville Dam and above. Intercepting a 35-pound fall salmon bound for Idaho is one a heck of a battle for both experienced and beginner anglers. In this fishery boats anchor up in known slots of the river where salmon travel and fish with spinners and wobblers. A relaxing way to fish, yet very exciting when a fish slams your rod and strips line from your reel.

Deschutes River, Drano Lake ( September-October )
Also in September the lower Deschutes, where it empties into the Columbia, is a haven for masses of summer steelhead. Drano Lake (Little White Salmon) on the Washington side of the river is another steelhead hot spot in August and September. Guides here troll spinners and plugs for both A-run and larger (10-18 pound) B-run fish.

Tillamook Bay ( September-October )
Tillamook Bay Hogs -- need we say more? This is Oregon's most sought-after fishery with your best chance at a very large 40- to 50-pound salmon. Last year was a banner year and this year should be no different, based on the current forecasts and ocean conditions. In 2003, during the last few weeks of September, most anglers found easy limits, many were back at the docks before 12 noon with their limits of two salmon each.

Coastal Rivers ( October-January )
Rivers along the coast begin to see good numbers of fall Chinook in October along with the fall rains. This is the time our guides break out their drift boats and float productive rivers like the Wilson, Trask, Nehalem, Necanicum, Nestucca, Umpqua, Rogue, Elk and Sixes. Drifting the river is a fun and scenic experience where a plug or bait is let out and rods are placed in a holder. The guide then allows the boat to drift down stream into each hole, where big salmon lay, at a pace that is a bit slower than the current. Casting bait and/or yarn and corkie, or flies, is also employed is some areas.

Elk River, Sixes Rivers ( Winter Kings )
Fishing the famous Winter Kings on the South Coast of Oregon begins in Mid-November and peaks around the 20th of December. With good fishing available up until about mid-January. The Elk and Sixes rivers have a very unique run of King Salmon that spawn in the Winter, not in the Fall. These fish are BIG, BRIGHT, and really give you a run for your money as you battle the monsters on these smaller rivers.

Columbia River and Willamette River ( April-May )
Shad fishing on both the Columbia and Willamette begins in mid April and runs through May as millions of American Shad move up river. Popular locations to catch shad are the Willamette River at Oregon City  just 10 mins from downtown Portland and below Bonneville Dan on the Columbia River.

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