Columbia River Fishing Guides

boy holding a large steelhead
Large Sturgeon in Columbia River

Columbia River Fishing Guides in  Washington and Oregon

With its abundance of fishing spots, the Columbia River is a real treat for anglers.

The Columbia River is a massive body of water that starts in Canada and flows into the Pacific Ocean. This river is home to many different species of fish including three types of Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Walleye, Bass, and many more.

Reel Time Fishing targets a majority of the species you can catch swimming the Columbia River. Our six full time guides offer trips on a majority of the Columbia River. These places include Astoria, Portland, Rufus, John Day Dam, Maryhill State Park, Tri-Cities, Hanford Reach, Ringold, Wells Dam, and Brewster.

The Columbia River provides water that is conducive to many types of fishing methods. At the mouth, our Columbia River Fishing Guides troll herring or anchovies behind flashers for Chinook and Coho. As the fish move up river, we change our method to trolling Pro-troll flashers with Brad’s Cutplug or superbait lures.

As the Salmon near their spawning areas we then target them using eggs trolled behind divers, hover fished in the deep pockets, or side-drifted in the faster water.

Some of the best walleye fishing in the pacific northwest

Walleyes are very aggressive eaters.

For Walleye, we generally troll bottom walkers with worm harnesses, crankbaits, or jigs. Walleye fish are very aggressive eaters, but also move a lot. Staying on them is the most important part of having a successful day.

If you are interested in Columbia River fishing guides, look no further. Reel Time Fishing has spent decades learning this mighty river to give you and your guests the best experience.

Our Amazing Fishing Guide Reviews

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Based on 116 reviews
Albert J. Farmer
Albert J. Farmer
January 5, 2024
After several trips with reel time fishing, they’re the only charter I use - they are great even on a slow day!!
Fishon
Fishon
January 4, 2024
This guide service is top notch! Gabe our guide on the Clearwater River in Idaho put us on the fish. Thanks!
Blair Hale
Blair Hale
November 6, 2023
Great guides, great fishing.
Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis
November 5, 2023
Thanks for showing us a great time on the river. Travis got all four of us on great steelhead. One was a real hog! Would highly recommend this company.
Grant Torrey
Grant Torrey
October 16, 2023
Great time fishing with knowledgeable guide. Hot lunch was nice but while parked on the beach seen two fish caught. Maybe a sandwich while fishing instead.
Brent Varriale
Brent Varriale
October 15, 2023
Fished 2 days with Captain Pepe and his crew in Cabo. These guys were fantastic. Had us in Fish from the start. 13 Marlin and 5 big Mahi in two days. If you are going to fish in Cabo, do yourself a favor and book with Reel Time.
Chris Jacks
Chris Jacks
October 14, 2023
Our guide Jack worked hard to ensure we had the best opportunities to catch Salmon and Steelhead. His knowledge of all aspects of fishing made this a great opportunity for us and he gave us many opportunities to catch and land fish. We landed 5 steelhead and had several other opportunities, but were unable to connect on all of them. Overall, it was a great trip and a great day to be fishing with an expert in his field.

Frequently Asked Questions about our fishing trips

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING ON MY TRIP?

The legal max boatload is six anglers, but with six full time guides available we are able to accommodate large groups of more than six people.

IS LUNCH/DRINKS PROVIDED ON MY TRIPS?

We do provide a BBQ lunch and drinks on all Clearwater, Snake, and Dworshak trips. Lunch and drinks ARE NOT provided on any of our Columbia River or Grande Ronde river trips.

HOW MANY HOURS ARE WE ON THE WATER?

Look forward to at least 8 hours of fishing unless you book a half day trip, then look forward to 4 hours of fishing

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE GEAR WE NEED TO FISH?

Yes, each guide is fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels and bait to ensure success on your trip.

DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY OR PLACE A DEPOSIT DOWN TO HOLD MY SPOT?

We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking, final payment must be made in full 10 days prior to your trip. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or head-count changes made inside 10 days of your trip.

DO YOU CLEAN AND FILLET OUR CATCH?

Yes, all of our guides will clean and fillet your catch unless otherwise specified.