ASTORIA OREGON FISHING GUIDES
Astoria Oregon Fishing Guides will all probably agree that Astoria is probably one of the best places to fish on the West Coast, located 10 miles east from where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Astoria, OR location is a prime spot for Salmon Fishing, Sturgeon Fishing, Steelhead Fishing and Crabbing. Astoria is a great place to be for a Fishing Guide, who does Sturgeon, Steelhead and Salmon Charters during the summer months.
Astoria Oregon Fishing Guides usually start in the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River. Most Astoria Fishing Guides will target Coho (Silver) Salmon and Chinook (King) Salmon around July 1st and will continue to target and follow these Fall Salmon as they migrate into the Columbia River heading there way upstream to spawn.
As an Astoria Oregon Fishing Guide I usually make my first trip out of Astoria for Trophy Catch and Release Sturgeon Fishing. These fish are amazing to catch, they fight extremely well, very healthy and some days you catch so many that you lose track of how many you actually reeled in and released. There are many areas right out front of Astoria where you can find these prehistoric fish and one of my favorite things about guiding for Sturgeon in Astoria is the fact I am able to catch these fish on light gear in 6 feet of water. Guided Astoria Sturgeon trips are for people who want to get out and reel in a mess of fish!
Astoria Guided Salmon Fishing Trips usually start on the 1st of August in the Columbia River, I like to start around the 7th or 8th. Some years the 1st of August can be lights out fishing, it kind of depend how the fishing is leading up the Columbia River opener. During this time of the year you will find me fishing from Buoy 10 to Tongue Point and everywhere in between, fishing the tides, making sure that my boat is at the correct location during any given part of the tide.
Astoria Oregon Fishing Guides have to be very strategic, timing and location is everything for an Astoria Oregon Fishing Guide. If there is not an abundance of Salmon in the system; it is very important that you know the tides and know where the fish are going to be during the tide. A lot of people found this out in 2016 verse the record run of 2015.
2016 Salmon run was a tough year for Salmon Fishing Guides and sport anglers. A lot of guides though it was going to be lights out like 2015, but they were mistaken, placement was key and if you were 30 minutes late to a spot you missed your window to catch. Many fisherman in 2016 felt like they were playing catch up all day, With this said if you know where to be and how to time everything you can have amazing days catching chrome bright Coho and fall Chinook salmon out of Astoria.
Astoria Oregon weather is usually not the same weather as Portland Oregon. When it is 90 degrees and sunny in Portland, it is probably 65 degrees, with some morning fog and rain drizzle. It always seems like we will see a west wind in the afternoon every day, I just expect it. You will always want to have warm layers and RAIN GEAR, don’t forget RAIN GEAR. Even if the weather forecast is calling for 100 degrees we still might get wet due to wind chop and boat spray.
There is a lot more to Astoria than just fishing, it is a great place to take the whole family to for vacation. From amazing beaches, restaurants, historical land marks such as Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop and The Goonies House AKA The Goondocks. There are also places within 30 – 45 minute drive such as Seaside Oregon or Long Beach Washington, both of these places are great to visit as well.