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With Oregon and Washington state walleye records weighing in at over 18 and 19 pounds, it’s not hard to believe what many people say – the next world record walleye will be coming out of the Columbia River system. Though fishing for walleye can be done all year round, here in the Lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers around Portland, Oregon, walleye fishing is best in the summer months starting late June and right on through September,

Trolling crank baits or night crawlers on worm harnesses in 10-30 feet of water is usually the best way to find Walleye. Once we find them, it’s time to switch up to jigs and blade baits and work the area for more. Round head jigs with a night crawler or curly tail grub often result in some of the best Walleye action. Swim baits can also be jigged effectively, and make a great bait for larger walleye.

Walleye make excellent table fare, and many will claim that they’re the best eating fish. We might argue that some of our more popular native fish are a bit better though. These toothy predators can be elusive and shy on one day, and aggressive feeders the next. Walleye are fun to fish on light tackle.

At Marvin’s Guide Service, we fish walleye in Portland throughout the lower Willamette River, Multnomah Channel, and the lower Columbia River up to Bonneville Dam.

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  1. Hello,

    Wondering if you have a boat available this Thursday or Fri (10/1 or 10/2) for Walleye, for 2 anglers, out of Biggs Junction or anywhere further east? Any info is much appreciated.


    • Hi, right now I am doing salmon fishing. Are you interested in doing that or strictly walleye right now?

  2. I am from California, my friend is from Bellingham, WA. We want to join up in mid July to go walleye fishing. Is this a good time for the Portland area?

    • Yes you can find some walleye in the Portland area. However in July I am chasing steelhead and salmon. If that interests you please give me a call and I would be happy to hook you up. 503 – 314 – 5087

  3. When do you run for walleye for keepers ?? Thanks

    • Walleye fishing is very good right now.

  4. Will walleye fishing be good for keepers in July or August as well those are months were looking to come up n do fishing. Also how many per person per day can you keep.

    • In July and August, I am strictly fishing salmon and that is very very good if you’re interested in that.

  5. We are coming to Washington in Sept, about the 3rd week.. My husband would like to fish Walleye and Salmon… Can you do that on one day of fishing? We would like to go during the week so not to be as busy and maybe have more luck..
    Could you be totally honest and say whether it is good fishing for Walleye?

    • In September I’m strictly salmon fishing. I would be happy to hook you up, please feel free to call me or email with any questions

  6. How many can you keep daily per person

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