Guided Fishing Trips2017-12-31T04:09:45+00:00

Guided Fishing Trips

Enjoy a great day on the water

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Portland — Scappoose — Bonneville Dam

Guided Salmon Fishing Trips:

$225.00 per person (2-person minimum)
$100 per person deposit to book trip

MARCH – APRIL
Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing Guide

  • Location: Bonneville Dam & Scappoose

Spring Chinook or Up River Bright (URB) is the most prized salmon species running in the Columbia River. These fish carry enough fat allowing them to swim over countless dams and 800 miles upstream surviving thru October when they spawn. We chase these fish starting the first week in March from Scappoose to near Bonneville Dam depending on the latest information available.

The prized dates are the last week in March and the first week in April.

ODFW tends to shutdown fishing in around April 10th in the Columbia River allowing for the largest part of the fish run passage over the dams. Once 50 % of the projected quota has passed they reopen the Columbia. History shows us to be about May 15th.

MAY – JUNE
Spring & Summer Chinook Salmon

  • Location: Lower Willamette River near Scappoose, Oregon

With the Columbia River closing after the first week in April I target the lower Willamette River near Scappoose, Oregon. This fishery lasts about 6 weeks while we wait for the Columbia River to reopen.

The uniqueness in fishing near Scappoose is fishing two different strains of Spring Chinook and having the option of fishing two different river systems.

This is another Spring Chinook strain running the Willamette River from Portland to Eugene. These fish are just as tasty as there Columbia River brother.

With the early run over and the quota met we re-enter into the Columbia River fishery for last of the Spring Chinook run waiting for the next run of fish called the “June Hogs” or early summer salmon.

SEPTEMBER
Fall Chinook & Silver Salmon Fishing Guide

  • Location: Portland, Oregon

With the completion of the Buoy 10 fishery and the fish migration headed upstream to Bonneville Dam we start fishing near the Portland area after Labor Day. The low water flows give us ample opportunities catching the Fall Chinook and Silver Salmon thru September and as late as the first week in October.

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Astoria

Guided Salmon Fishing Trips:

$225.00 per person (4-person minimum)
$100 per person deposit to book trip

JULY – AUGUST
Fall Chinook & Silver Salmon Fishing Guide

  • Location: Ocean

Its’ All Good Guide Service specializes in fishing the Oregon Coastal Water and the Columbia River because it provides some of the best salmon fishing in the world. After the first week in July these fish start schooling up outside the Columbia River entrance waiting for their annual migration.

Alumawelds’ “Open Pacific” boat hull we are able to have an early sampling of Chinook and Silver salmon fishery. This is due to the boats design and electronics giving you the comfort and capability to be in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The Chinook Salmon come in along the north shore line down the Washington Coast. Chinook tend to be near the shore in 20-58 ft. of water. Silver Salmon come up the Oregon Coastline and we find them offshore along the navigational buoys marking the entrance of the Columbia River. Plenty of excitements as the salmon are feeding on schools of anchovies and herring and mixed in are gray whales and dolphins that will give you a National Geographic moment.

AUGUST
Salmon Fishing Guide

  • Location: Columbia River Buoy 10

The world of Buoy 10 in Astoria opens up on August 1st.  Typically there are around a million fish that pass through the Astoria area in the Columbia River. This is the anglers’ best chance to catch salmon during the year.

Using the technic of lead weights will give you the accuracy in fishing the desired depth as these fish do many different things when working with the tides.

Drifting and mooching for salmon gives you the benefit of staying on top the school.  With the use of light weights, people can manage their gear staying longer in the water allowing another member in the boat to fight his fish while you as a team member stay in the water longer allowing for a chance of multiple hookups.

Trolling with the various flashers and bait combination has been the standard practice and now with the introduction of the “Pro Troll” (a 360 degree flasher) over the last couple of years has given us another fishing method.

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Garibaldi and Tillamook Bay

Guided Salmon Fishing Trips:

$225.00 per person (4-person minimum)
$100 per person deposit to book trip

SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER
Fall Chinook & Silver Spring Salmon Fishing Guide

  • Location: Tillamook Bay

The Tillamook Bay fishery is a coastal water fishery starting in mid- September and runs as late as early November. We fish this fishery out of the Garibaldi Marina in Garibaldi, Oregon. These late harvest Chinook Salmon tend to be a larger fish than the Columbia River runs.

Early in the calendar the open ocean has these fish schooling up around outside the south jetty waiting their turn on entering into the tidal areas of the Bay. With calmer water of the sea surf and a shallow bar the fish tend to arrive in waves then schooling up in the deeper pockets in the Tillamook Bay at slack tide.

The two styles of fishing I use are light weight tackle fishing with no flasher and large bait or large blade spinners fishing in 8– 12 ft. of water. This last year I used the Pro- Troll system and was very successful in taking some large fish.

Tides play a very large roll in working with this fishery. When looking at the tide calendar I would suggest staying with the smaller tides as it avoids the sea grass caused by the larger water change overs. Rainfall amounts are another indicator in drawing these fish in.

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Columbia & Willamette Rivers

Guided Sturgeon Fishing Trips:

$100 per person deposit to book trip

MARCH – APRIL
Sturgeon Fishing: Catch & Release

  • $200 per person (2-person minimum for Portland bookings)
  • Location: Columbia River & Willamette River

In 2012 the Joint Task Force representing Oregon and Washington restricted sturgeon fishing to a catch and release industry. This policy was put into place due to overfishing the estuary and the predation by sea lions on the spawning beds below Bonneville Dam. With those actions the Departments has now turned this into one of the finest catch and release fisheries similar to other states trout, tarpon, sailfish and marlin and is now being consider a “World Class Fishery”. Now, as a fisherman you have the opportunity to fight one of the oldest evolutionary fish. What is considered an oversized fish lives to be over 100 years old weighing well above the 300 lbs. range.

MAY & SEPTEMBER
Sturgeon Fishing: Limited Slot Retention Fishing

  • $225 per person (2-person minimum for Portland bookings)
  • $225 per person (4-person minimum for Astoria bookings)
  • Locations: Astoria (May) and Portland (September)

The two state departments in 2017 came to an agreement allowing for limited slot limit 46-50 inch retention of sturgeon below Wanua in the lower Columbia River in June. This season was scheduled for 6 days and the quota was met in 5 days. It is now being discussed that may give us about 6 days in May 2018 in the same section of river above Astoria as well as a September slot limit near the Portland area in the Columbia River.

When fishing for these sturgeons in May above Astoria you are putting yourself in a position at low tide in the area of mud flats waiting for the sturgeon to move up from the deeper water channels to feed on the anchovies and sand shrimp all the while casting into 2-4 foot of water waiting for that 50+ inch fish to grab your bait. What you will experience is a fish that explodes out of the water as he has no other place to go. It is not uncommon to have a 20-40 fish day.

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Pacific Ocean

Guided Bottom Fishing Trips:

$200 per person (4-person min. to book)
$100 per person deposit to book trip

MAY – SEPTEMBER
Bottom Fishing Guide

  • Location: Garibaldi to the mouth of the Columbia river

Fishing in the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coast line has the rewarding benefits of shoals and reefs that support the many varieties of bottom fish. The more popular fish are Sea Bass, Ling Cod, Cabazon and 7 different varieties of Rockfish make up the greater share of your daily bounty.

This past year the quota for rock fish was seven but it now may change to 10 for the 2018 season. In addition to your Rockfish collection you can keep 2 Ling Cod.

All these fish are white fish. The delicate light and flakey meat is great for fish and chips, fish tacos or just pan sautéed.

It can be a challenging fishery working close to the bottom but the rewards are worthwhile.

Fishing Guide: Boat Launches

Portland Launch:
M. James Gleason Boat Ramp
4325 NE Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97218

Astoria Launch:
West Mooring Basin
Pier 1
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Cascade Locks:
The Fishery Boat Ramp
60700 NE Enquist Pl
Cascade Locks, OR 97014

Garibaldi Launch:
Garibaldi Marina
302 Mooring Dr
Garibaldi, OR 97118

Hammond Launch:
Hammond Marina
1099 Iredale St
Hammond, OR 97121

Warren Launch:
Scapoose Bay Marina
57420 Old Portland Rd
Warren, OR 97053

Be Prepared for a Great Day with Your Fishing Guide

BOOK A TRIP

What Do You Need To Bring?

Be prepared for your day on the water. These are the things you need to bring with you:

Anyone who plans to fish will need a fishing license. Oregon and Washington licenses both work for the Columbia river. To fish the Willamette you will need an Oregon license.

You can get your fishing license at any tackle store before the trip. Just get a daily fishing license for your fishing date. You may also buy your fishing license anytime online at the link below.

If you buy your license online, be sure to print and bring both pages:

  • License page
  • Catch record sheet

I need to have your license and catch record sheets for any fisherman of any age. Everyone has to have both the license and catch card in order to fish.

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Fishing requires fuel… for your body!

Please be sure to bring a sack lunch with your favorite sandwiches, fruits and other snacks you wish to eat while on the water. We will store your lunch in the boat cooler. There won’t be a place to heat food on the boat, so a good thermos can hold anything from soup to coffee or other warm beverages.

The combination of water, wind and rain can be unpredictable, so we recommend you bring rain gear. There is nothing worse than being wet and miserable. Be prepared.

Once on the boat, shore will often be a good distance away and the combination of cold winds and cold water can make for an uncomfortable trip if you’re not prepared. Temperatures can change often throughout a day of fishing: between full sun, clouds and sometimes light rain, the way the day starts is no guarantee of how it will remain — so please be prepared.

We recommend dressing in layers so you can adjust to the temperature changes throughout the day. An outer coat or jacket that is water-repellent is advisable, with layers underneath that you can easily take off or put on.

Mother Nature can change on a whim, so always plan ahead and be prepared.

Sunlight will reflect off the water, so be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen or sunblock, a good pair of sunglasses and chapstick. Even with a hat, your face can become sunburned from the reflective rays of the water. Do not bring aerosol sprays! Wind can make these difficult to apply and end up dousing your fellow boatmates and equipment in unintended ways.

The fish you stand to catch are of world-class quality and you’ll want to be sure to capture the moments. Be sure to bring a camera and protect it with a sealable ziplock bag to protect it from spray and water that may get into the boat.

Be prepared for motion sickness, even if you’re experienced on the water. Nothing can ruin a perfect trip faster than an upset stomach. We recommend Dramamine, wrist pressure-point bands, and other remedies to prevent the rocking of the boat from getting to you.

Your Fishing Guide

It’s All Good Guide Service provides all the following for your outing:

  • Top quality rods and reels
  • Bait and tackle
  • Life vests
  • Emergency response gear
  • First aid kit
  • And excellent service!

We Will Clean Your Fish

At dockside, we will be happy to clean and dress your catch if you wish.