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Steelhead Fishing in Oregon & Washington

Steelhead Fishing in Oregon & Washington takes place on the Columbia River. Steelhead has lots of great action.

Columbia River Steelhead

Columbia River Steelhead

The Columbia River sees nearly constant Steelhead fishing action all year round from two main migrations they call either Summer Run or Winter Run. They because Steelhead have the ability to go back and forth between freshwater and saltwater, these runs can often over-lap each other. Believe it or not, these fish are Rainbow trout, made bigger and meaner from living most of their lives in the Pacific Ocean. They come back up the Columbia River to spawn in the various tributaries and then head back to the ocean.

We wil be Steelhead fishing on the Columbia River and use a variety of lures and baits to entice these fish to bite. These steelhead are more active and often a bit bigger than their cold winter brothers. Summer steelhead range from five to twenty pounds, and often times even bigger than that. They like to make long drag peeling runs, acrobatic leaps from the water, and both of those tings make them a great fight on light weight tackle.

At Marvin’s Guide Service, we fish for summer steelhead from June through September. We fish throughout the Columbia River Gorge from Portland to Hood River, so be sure to bring your camera–the scenery is amazing.



  1. How would steelhead fishing for say like middle of July or first part of August. For two top three people.

    • You would have some really good fishing. Give me a call tomorrow. And I would be happy to hook you up. 503 – 314 – 5087

  2. Marvin, is there fishing in October? We will be in Portland second week October.

    • In October I am in Tillamook Bay catching Dungeness crab and King Salmon. Tillamook Bay is about 2 hours from Portland.

  3. Looking for a fishing trip the weekend after newyears any good fishing 3 people

    • I could hook you up with some great sturgeon boat covered and heated. Please feel free to give me a call 503 – 314 – 5087

  4. Do you do any steelhead guiding between 3/1/17-3/9/17?

    • I’m sorry in March. I am not I am doing spring salmon walleye and sturgeon.

  5. Where is the pricing? Interested in salmon and crab trip. Maybe 2 days for 2 maybe 3 people.

  6. Do you know if there will be a season for summer steelhead July one or two? I am interested in booking a trip for my grandson and I. How many people are in a boat?

    • Hi Jim,
      Oregon department in Washington department of fish and wildlife have not gave any predictions on summer steelhead yet.
      Usually towards the end of July I’m in Astoria starting to Chase salmon.
      Please feel free to check my Facebook and if there is a summer steelhead season I will be there. I do keep my Facebook updated with the season.

  7. Planning on a trip either out of seattle or portland for June 2nd. So many choices available makes it difficulty to choose. Would you recommend Salmon or oversized Sturgeon.

    • It is a great time a year for both salmon and sturgeon. Sturgeon is catch release with big fish. Would you like to keep something or fight a monster?

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