Trip info
What We Provide

All Tackle, Bait, and Equipment.


All Fish Cleaning and Filleting, if desired.


All necessary Safety Equipment (Life Jackets/First Aid Kits)

You will need to bring a fishing license which you can purchase online at the links below.
Also bring a camera, rain gear, and any other personal gear you may need. Lunches may be provided at an additional cost,
otherwise you will need to bring your own food and beverages.
No Experience Necessary

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$50 required deposit per fisherman and $99 deposit per hunter
to hold date which is refundable
if cancelled 7 days prior to trip

We except cash, card, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Apple Pay and more.

Where We Fish

Woodland, Washington (SW Washington on the Columbia River/Lewis River): Year Round: King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead

Portland, Oregon (Willamette River/Multnomah Channel): March – June: King Salmon & Sturgeon

Astoria, Oregon (Buoy 10/Columbia River): June – September: King Salmon, Sturgeon

Longview, Washington (Cowlitz River/Columbia River): July-September: Summer Chinook Salmon, Steelhead

Kalama River (Mainstream Columbia River): March – June: King Salmon, Steelhead

Bonneville Dam (Columbia River): February – September: King Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon

Stevenson, Washington (Wind River/Drano Lake): April – October: King Salmon

Oregon Coast: September – November: King Salmon, Coho Salmon

TopGuidesNW provides guided trips for spring salmon in the main stem of the Columbia river and its tributaries like the Willamette River, Multnomah Channel, Lewis, Sandy, Wind rivers, and Drano Lake. These rivers are close to the Portland/Vancouver area which makes it easy to access for local fishermen or for those coming out of town to fly right into the Portland International Airport.
Spring Chinook Salmon
Spring Chinook Salmon are said to be the Prize of the Northwest and best tasting salmon in the World. Columbia River Spring Salmon are a hard fighting fish weighing between 15 -25 pounds.
Spring Chinook Salmon enter the Columbia river in March and run through June. To catch these amazing fish, we will be using techniques like Trolling Herring, Back Trolling Bait or Anchored with Kwikfish and Spinners.
Fall Chinook Salmon

Fall Chinook Salmon are sometimes referred to as the “Hawgs” and range from 6 to 25 lbs. They enter the mouth of Columbia River at Buoy 10 in August along with the Coho Salmon which provides a mixed bag with lots of catching!!

The Buoy 10 fishery is one of the hottest spots for catching Salmon anywhere in the World! TopGuidesNW knows all of the hottest fishing spots from Buoy 10 to the Cowlitz River, Lewis River, and then Bonneville Dam.

The Columbia River Fall Chinook salmon are the biggest of the salmon that come into the river systems. Be sure to book at trip to get your self hooked into one of the Monsters!!!
Sturgeon Fishing
TopGuidesNW is a world class sturgeon fishing guide service.

The Columbia River and Willamette River have the world’s largest population of sturgeon just waiting to fill your day with intense action throughout your trip. Legal size “keepers” are 38″-54″ inches and a Sturgeon catch of 18 to 40 fish per day is common.

We are experts on the Sturgeon migration through the Columbia River, beginning in Astoria all the way to Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge. Fishing for Sturgeon is full of action packed fun!!!

Oversized Sturgeon

“Oversize” Sturgeon are the big boys!!! These Magnificent Monsters are a fish of a life time. There is not many places in the world you can catch a fish this BIG!! An Oversized Sturgeon is 7 to 12 Foot and weigh between 150 to 1000 lbs.

There is nothing in the world like having a 400 lb. fish that is over 10 foot long come completely out of the water and shake his head then go back down for another 100 yard run. These fights can take over an hour before you get them into the boat.

We target the beast when the shad are running, which we catch and use for bait during May through September. So be ready for a workout. Our Oversized Sturgeon Guide trips are on the Columbia River from Portland Oregon to Bonneville Dam.

Here at TopGuidesNW, we Love catching Steelhead! These hot-headed chrome bright beauties will keep you jumping with excitement with all their tailwalking and fast action. We target the Columbia River, Cowlitz River and Lewis River for Steelhead fishing. We have a summer Steelhead run (June-early September) and a winter steelhead run (November-March).
On most of our Steelhead guide trips, our weapon of choice is side drifting (boondoging) light gear and small baits. There is nothing like hooking into a bright Steelhead on light gear. They are all over the place jumping from one side of the boat to the other!! These are the acrobats of the Pacific Northwest. We catch a lot of Steelhead. It is normal to have a dozen hookups a day or more. The Steelhead average 8-12 pounds, but it is not uncommon to get one in the 20 pound range!!!
Kokanee Fishing
Kokanee Fishing In Southwest Washington is AWESOME! Not only doesTopGuidesNW fish in the Columbia River and its tributaries, but we also guide in the pristine hills of Lake Merwin. There you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and fish for the hard fighting Kokanee; a landlocked sockeye salmon that can be compared to the spring salmon for taste.

Lake Merwin is one of the most popular Kokanee fishing lakes in the Northwest and every year anglers from all over Washington head to this reservoir to catch HUGE Kokanee. Their meat is bright red and it’s never oily so you get a premium fillet that is considered by some as the best tasting Salmon you can get.

These little tyrants range from 12″ to 18″, and can weigh 1 to 2 lbs. Kokanee guide trips start in February – June. This is great fun for everybody! Whether you’re a 5 year old kid or a professional seasoned angler you are bound to love the action catching Kokanee.