If you’re looking for a Columbia River salmon fishing guide on the Columbia River, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Marvin, and I’ve been fishing these waters for over 40 years. I know them like the back of my hand. With my expert guidance, you’ll be reeling in the big salmon in no time. I provide all the tackle, bait, and expert instruction you’ll need. Just relax and enjoy the experience!

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been fishing for salmon on the Columbia River since I was a child. As a Columbia River salmon fishing charter, I love sharing my knowledge with you. I’ve been guiding on the Columbia River for over 25 years, and I’ve helped thousands of clients catch their first salmon. I know all the best spots on the river, and I’ll work hard to put you on the fish. If you’re searching for a fun and memorable fishing experience, call me. I’ll help you catch your limit of salmon, and you’ll have a great time doing it!

Columbia River spring salmon fishing.

In the spring, I will pilot you on my 27-foot Alumaweld Intruder to my favorite spring chinook spots on the Columbia River near Portland and Vancouver, Washington Generally right around Portland International Airport.  Guided salmon trips start in the middle of March.

Spring fishing on the Columbia River can be a wet and windy affair. But if you book a trip with Marvin’s Guide Service, you can relax in comfort on our fully enclosed and heated boat.

I provide only the highest-quality rods, reels, and tackle, not to mention the freshest bait available. I want you to have the best experience possible.

If the Columbia River closes to fishing, or even if it slows down, you can still catch one of the tastiest fish that swims in the lower Willamette River, which is nearby in Portland. The Willamette River has equally excellent spring salmon fishing.

Spring Chinook salmon are one of the most popular species of salmon in the Columbia River and Willamette River systems. They are known for their beautiful coloring, which varies from a dark, almost black, back to a silvery belly. When you catch a spring chinook salmon, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Most spring chinook salmon weigh between 10 and 25 pounds, no matter if you catch them in the Columbia River or the Willamette River.

Columbia River guided fall salmon fishing trips.

In the fall, the Columbia River offers anglers a great opportunity to catch two types of salmon: big coho salmon (also known as silvers) and chinook salmon (a.k.a. fall kings). The Columbia River run of Chinook includes plenty of 20- to 30-pound fish, with some even larger. Coho salmon aren’t typically as large, often weighing 5 to 15 pounds. Both types often return in the hundreds of thousands, and good years like we’ve seen lately can bring more than a million salmon into the river.

Buoy 10 fishing guide, Columbia River.

In the fall, I start the season in the Astoria area, where I usually reserve a slip at the Hammond Marina, the lower Columbia River, a short walk from your car, and a quick boat ride to catch salmon arriving by the hundreds of thousands. at the mouth of the Columbia River, Buoy 10

fishing guide boat.

My boat is safely outfitted for ocean trips, as conditions allow, and my earliest trips start in July to take advantage of the massive schools of hungry coho salmon that assemble just offshore.  You can read more about my guide boat here.

As both chinook and coho salmon make their way into the Columbia River’s wide estuary, I am one of the most experienced fishing guides you’ll find in the immensely popular Buoy 10 fleet.

In August, the Buoy 10 fishery in the Astoria and Ilwaco areas between Oregon and Washington is the best salmon fishing spot in either state. I know just where to find the fish and how to tempt them to bite. So, if you’re looking for an exciting day of salmon fishing on the Columbia River, you’ve come to the right place.

Portland, Oregon area salmon fishing

Later in the season, as September turns into fall, I’ll be able to put you in the best places to catch Columbia River salmon. That means taking advantage of the huge pods of coho salmon that stay around Astoria until the first big rains. It also means following the giant Chinook salmon upriver to Portland and Bonneville Dam, and even further up the amazing Columbia River Gorge.

I always know where to find the best salmon fishing spots on the Columbia River. So no worries, I’ll guide you to the salmon!

See my Salmon Page for more information on Columbia River salmon.

I’m excited to talk to you about salmon fishing on the Columbia River! I have a lot of experience fishing for salmon, and I would love to share my knowledge with you. I can help you catch the fish of a lifetime! Please call me at 503-314-5087 to schedule a Columbia River salmon fishing charter.

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limits of salmon caught with a Colyumbia river fishing guide.

Happy clients with limits all around from a hot morning bite on the Columbia River.


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