My guided fishing trips depart from the Port of Astoria and nearby marinas. There are many reasons why Astoria is one of my favorite fishing spots on the Oregon coast. One reason is the wide variety of fish species in the area, which includes salmon, sturgeon, lingcod, halibut, and seabass.

If you love to fish, then Astoria is the perfect place for you. It has a lot to offer, including a rich history, interesting accommodations, fun attractions, and great restaurants. You should definitely check it out if you get the chance.

Marvin’s Guide Service offers expert charter fishing guide service for all of the following iconic Pacific Northwest sportfishing and crabbing trips in and around Astoria. These trips are sure to provide you with a lifetime of memories. Our goal is to make your trip enjoyable and successful. I know the waters, the fishing holes, and the best spots for catching salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and crabs. Marvin  will provide you with everything you need, including top-quality rods, reels, and tackle.  I also offer a variety of guided fishing trips, from half-day to full-day, to meet your needs and budget.

One of the most popular fish to catch in the Astoria area is Chinook salmon. People come from all over the country to fish for Chinook salmon, which we Oregonians also like to call kings.

Along with those big kings, we also will be fishing for hordes of coho salmon, which many of us call silvers. This would be the world-famous Buoy 10 fishery.

2024, Astoria, Oregon, ocean salmon season

The 2024 salmon fishing season will open on June 22nd in the Pacific Ocean, just outside of Astoria, Oregon. Anglers can keep both chinook and coho salmon. The final decision on the daily bag limit for salmon is still pending approval from the ODFW. However, it appears that the recommendation will be for a limit of two adult salmon, of which only one can be a Chinook salmon that is at least 22 inches long. Coho salmon must be at least 16 inches long. Salmon will hang outside the mouth of the Columbia River for days, or even weeks, feeding on massive schools of baitfish before they enter the estuary along the Astoria shoreline.

Astoria, charter fishing guide boat.

I’m a fishing guide who operates a 27-foot seaworthy boat out of Astoria, Oregon. I’m offering salmon fishing charters during the salmon season. My boat is equipped with top-of-the-line electronics, including radar, GPS, and a fish finder by Lowrance. I know the waters around Astoria and will put you on the fish. For more information about the guide boat, click here.

Astoria, Columbia River salmon seaseon.

The Columbia River will open for retention of hatchery-marked Chinook and coho salmon at the world-famous Buoy 10 on August 1st. Buoy 10 is a fishing zone that stretches out in both directions from Astoria.

Anglers come from all over the Pacific Northwest to fish at Buoy 10, which is known for its excellent salmon fishing. However, this is a very popular spot, so it’s important to make your plans early if you want to fish there. Book a guided trip here.

Astoria, Oregon, sturgeon fishing season.

Sturgeon is also another very popular fishery out of Astoria, Oregon. Sturgeon fishing Astoria is generally a catch-and-release activity, but these trips are lots of fun, and there’s plenty of action.

When fishing sturgeon around the Astoria area, we are generally fishing in water between 5 and 15 feet deep because that’s where the sturgeon feed on the wide flats of the Columbia River estuary.

Sturgeon fishing in shallow water is a thrill of a lifetime. A sturgeon hooked in shallow water often becomes very acrobatic. Wait ’til you get one of these leapers on your line!

Astoria, Rockfish Fishing charter

The Astoria area’s best fishing for sea bass and lingcod is around the southern jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River.

This fishery is available year-round as long as the ocean and weather conditions are safe.

Shore anglers can catch these species from the jetties, but boats like mine are more often able to safely reach spots that don’t get as much fishing pressure and hold larger fish, like out near the end of the sunken jetty.

Halibut fishing or deep-sea fishing Astoria

If you’re interested in deep-sea fishing, another great opportunity that starts from the Port of Astoria is halibut fishing.

These Pacific halibut make just about everybody’s favorite fish and chips, and there are good numbers of them in the sandy depths off the Astoria coastline.

Halibut fishing is seasonal, so be sure to check the current regulations for up-to-date seasons and limits. Better yet, get in touch with me if you’re interested in halibut fishing this year.

Astoria,Oregon crabbing.

If you’re looking for a tasty treat, it would be hard to find anything better than Dungeness crab. And Astoria, Oregon, is one of the best places to go crabbing in Oregon or Washington.

Fishing for crab is generally done in the fall and winter months, with October and November being some of the very best times to catch limits of crabs in perfect condition. 12 crab each is the limit.

Locations to crab in Astoria on the Columbia River.

My top spots for crab fishing are on the lower Columbia River estuary, about five or six miles downriver from the Port of Astoria, around the Social Security Beach area.

Another great area is the A jetty around the lighthouse. Some of the best bait for crabs are shad and tuna parts.

Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, you’ll want to contact Marvin’s Guide Service and set up your guided adventure for fishing in Astoria, Oregon. He will offer guided fishing trips for all levels of experience. Call or text 503-314-5087, or click here to book your trip today!

What do I need when I book an Astoria fishing guide or charter?

When you book a fishing guide or charter in Astoria, you will need a current fishing license. You can get your license online and print it out by clicking here. I strongly advise creating an account when the system prompts you to do so. You will also need to bring any food or drinks you would like to have during the day, and you should pack them in a small lunch box or cooler. Finally, you should wear appropriate clothing and bring along sunglasses and sunscreen.

Astoria,Visitor Information.

I’ve put together a short list of places to stay and eat after a day of fishing in Astoria, Oregon. I hope this helps you plan your trip.

Where to Stay in the Astoria Area

Top Attractions in the Astoria Area

My Favorite Restaurants in the Astoria Area


Astoria Oregon fishing guide holding limits of salmon caught on the Columbia River.

Chinook salmon caught on the Columbia River around the Astoria, Oregon, area.

A bag full of Dungeness crab caught on the Columbia River near Astoria, OR.

Limits of Dungeness crab.

Sturgeon jumping out of the water as a client is doing battle on the Columbia River near Astoria, OR.

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