Salmon Fishing Guides

Reel Time Fishing has multiple locations to catch Chinook Salmon

Reel Time Fishing works the Columbia, Snake, and Clearwater Rivers for Chinook Salmon.

We have two runs: the spring and the fall. Spring Salmon average 12 to 15 lbs and are regarded as the most prized table fare of the Chinook varieties. We fish these areas for Springers: the Columbia River near the Portland area, Drano Lake, John Day Dam, the Snake River at Little Goose Dam, Lyons Ferry, Brewster, WA and Clearwater River in Idaho.

We follow the migration of Salmon keeping your lines on the biggest concentration of the run.

Fall Chinook are larger, averaging 20 lbs. We focus on the Astoria, Oregon Buoy 10 area and the Hanford Reach, although it is not uncommon to see a Reel Time boat venturing into the upper Columbia near Wells dam near Brewster, Washington, Mid-Columbia near the mouth of the Deschutes River, or the Snake River when seasons permit. Fall Chinook are known as “Up River Brights” because when they enter the Columbia River the fish are dime bright (note picture above).

If you’re looking for some of the world’s finest salmon runs, look no further

Kenai River kings are a strain of the Columbia River King.

We still have a great wild sustained run and some 50lb plus fish get caught every year. Once again we start at the river mouth and follow the fish to the spawning grounds, moving with the fish, and staying on top of them.

On all Astoria Oregon, Bouy 10 trips you will also have plenty of opportunities to catch nice Coho Salmon. The limit is 1 King and 1 Coho or 2 Coho. This August fishery is an exciting time in the Pacific Northwest as Millions of Salmon enter the Columbia River on their annual migration to countless tributaries.

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Jennifer Busby
Jennifer Busby
June 16, 2023
The best guides around!
Elliot Thomsen
Elliot Thomsen
June 5, 2023
Great trip. Jeff, our guide, is highly competent and exceeded all of our expectations. Professional and I highly recommend this company to anyone who wants to have a great experience and a successful fishing adventure.
Bonnie Willis
Bonnie Willis
May 4, 2023
This was our first time out with Reel Time Fishing, guide Travis Wendt was an excellent guide/host/cook! We booked a trip on Dworshak Res. for bass fishing and were very successful. It wasn't just the fish that made the trip successful it was the total package! We had great company on the boat, including Denali the boat host. All was so perfect that we have already scheduled another trip with Reel Time and Travis. Thanks for the experience and look forward to the next trip out. Scott & Bonnie Willis
Steven Gentry
Steven Gentry
March 13, 2023
Travis made room for my brother and I after our original guide service had boat problems. We had an amazing experience with him. Our boat caught 11 steelhead with 4 of them being keepers. The next trip will be with Reel Time Fishing.
Kimberly Kempton
Kimberly Kempton
January 27, 2023
I had the best time steelhead fishing on the Clearwater with Captain Jim from Reel Time Fishing. He put us on the fish and we were able to bring in all that we caught. He was very professional and accommodating in every way. He made us a great hot lunch each day. We back trolled and side drifted and had so much fun bringing in all those beautiful fish. We stayed at the Lenore Lodge which was 3 mins from the launch. The lodge had 10 beds and an awesome game room. It was very clean and comfortable. I do suggest Reel Time Fishing for an epic trip and I will definitely return for more fishing.
J RAND LOTHSPEICH
J RAND LOTHSPEICH
January 27, 2023
Just spent the last two days fishing with Jim our guide- fantastic time!!! I have caught in the neighbourhood of 40 steelhead in my life time and I caught the two biggest on this trip 37” 14lbs- perfect boat great equipment- we also stayed at the lodge in Lenore perfect

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.