Our Fishing Seasons

We take you to where the fish are! We don't just fish an area because it's close to home or convenient.

  We fish where the best fishing is happening and if that means traveling an extra hour then that's what we do. This means you won't just be having a good day on the water, you will be having a great day!

Albacore Tuna

Albacore Tuna charters onboard our 36.5' foot Yellowfin Center Console! July to October! Ilwaco, WA / Astoria, OR

Click here for Tuna Fishing Info

Pacific Halibut

Halibut Charters out of Ilwaco or La Push, WA onboard our 36.5' foot Yellowfin Center Console! May & June!

Click here for Halibut Fishing Info


Sturgeon fishing trips can happen all year long and provide awesome action!

By State regulation, all of our sturgeon trips are catch and release.

Willamette River Catch & Release Sturgeon - September through Mid June

Columbia River Estuary Sturgeon
(near Astoria, Oregon) - Mid June through July

Click here for Sturgeon Fishing Info


Rockfish & Lingcod

Late April through October & April

Astoria, Oregon & Ilwaco, Washington

Click here for Oregon Bottom Fishing Charters Info!

Spring Chinook Salmon

Columbia River in March & April

Willamette River in April & May

Click here for Spring Chinook Info!

Ocean Chinook & Coho Salmon

Mid June to Mid August

Targeting the northern Oregon Coast's phenomenal run of King's and Silvers!


Fall Chinook & Coho Salmon

Columbia River "Buoy 10" Aug - October

Click here for Buoy 10 Fishing Info!

Tillamook Bay Chinook Oct - November

Click here for Tillamook Bay Info!



September through October

12 crab limit per person

Cooking & Cleaning Provided

Below are different locations that we fish along with the driving directions to these locations, and hotel information.

Astoria - Salmon & Sturgeon Fishing! Nehalem Bay - Fall Chinook Salmon! Tillamook Bay - Fall Chinook Salmon! Cowlitz River - Summer & Winter Steelhead Longview, Washington - Chinook Salmon & Steelhead Rainier, Oregon - Chinook Salmon & Steelhead Columbia River @ Kalama Marina - Chinook Salmon & Sturgeon Woodland, Washington Kalama River - Salmon & Steelhead Lake Merwin - Kokanee Salmon Fishing! Columbia River @ Vancouver, Washington - Spring Chinook & Sturgeon! Willamete River @ Portland, Oregon - Sturgeon & Spring Chinook Columbia River @ The Fishery - Sturgeon & Chinook Salmon Wind River - Spring Chinook & Sturgeon Drano Lake - Spring Chinook, Summer Steelhead & Sturgeon!

Click on the links above or below for driving directions to these locations!

EST.Total Fisherman Philosophy2000

We believe that:

  • Spending your life doing something you love is the secret to happiness.
  • Attention to detail and being absolutely driven, catches fish and creates success.
  • A focused effort catches more fish and bigger fish. Just going through the motions is for other people.
  • Spending extra time and effort toward making your day successful is important and makes a difference.
  • We believe that cutting corners on expenses and effort isn't something you do, even if nobody else will know.
  • We believe we should expect the most from every day on the water and hold ourselves to a higher standard.
  • We should give back as much and as often as we possibly can.
  • It's our job to act as stewards of the resource and as consummate professionals who know that our actions speak louder then words.

Giving 100% every day is the norm, because Buoy 10 or Estuary sturgeon or whatever season we happen to be in only comes around once a year, and in a few weeks it will be over. Let's be realistic ... every one of us has to have a last day on the water. We never know when that day will come, so we are absolutely going to make every day our best day.

We don't have gimmicks like "Fish Catch Guarantees". We won't tell you that we're catching 50 pound salmon every week, or tell you the fishing is red hot when it's not, or any of the other assorted things that guides tell prospective clients to get them on their boats. We're honest and we have integrity.

We provide high quality fishing trips at the median price for guides in the NW. We could charge more or we could charge less, but we don't want you to come fishing with us because your decision is based on price. We want you to come fishing with us because you think we run a first class operation, that we are going to treat you well, and because we catch fish.

We're not the Dollar Store of fishing guides and we certainly aren't the Four Seasons. Our pricing is middle of the road. We believe in charging enough so that we can use high quality equipment, maintain this equipment, and not have to cut corners. We also believe that charging the average price will hopefully allow you to come back more often.

We really take fishing seriously, it's our passion and we certainly want to catch fish just as much as you do; that's why we go during the best times to the best locations and spend extra time, effort, and money to make your trip the best that it can be. We want you to have a successful trip so you come back fishing with us, we also want to be successful so we maintain our reputation as top notch guides.

We take a lot of pride in our fish catching ability and we do everything in our power to put fish in the box, while at the same time having fun, and keeping you safe.

Our approach to life and to fishing isn't standard, and it would certainly be "easier" for us if we weren't worried about these things, but the easy route and the safe bet aren't what we're after. We care about you and we care about your experience on our boats.

We believe our customers, peers and fellow fishermen know that we hold this philosophy close to our hearts and that they know we are out there every day living it. We believe it's important to not let them down.

Kevin, Lacey, Chris & the whole Total Fisherman crew!

Kevin Newell & Lacey DeWeert - Team Total Fisherman