Hello, my name is Daniel St. Laurent and I look forward
to being your Salmon and Steelhead fishing guide. I've been fishing in the
most popular rivers in the Northwest all my life and many of my friends,
family and people I met on the rivers talked me into being a full-time
fishing guide. I've officially been a Washington and Oregon Salmon and
Steelhead fishing guide for 9 years now.
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Right now I am fishing Coastal Spring Salmon in Tillamook and
Nestucca Bay through the end of June. These are the largest
Spring Salmon of the year; they range from 18 to 25 pounds on
average and it’s not uncommon to get ones in the 30 pound class.
These are ocean fresh fish and are great eating just like the
rest of the Spring Salmon caught on the Columbia and Willamette
Rivers earlier in the year.
I am also booking bottom fishing trips now through July. I will
launch out of Depoe or Tillamook Bay – depending on conditions.
These are great trips with TONS of action. If you have kids you
want to take fishing, this is the fishery for them. Lots of
different fish from 2 pound sea bass to 5-20 pound lingcod are
caught. They are all great eating white-meat fish.
Starting in July, I switch to Summer Kings. I jump around a
little for these fish due to tides and conditions. I will fish
either Nehalem Bay or the Columbia River near Astoria. This is a
very fun fishery in great summer weather. These fun hard
fighting Kings are all fresh in from the ocean. During this time
I will also be fishing in the ocean off the Columbia River, when
conditions allow, for Coho and Fall Kings. These fish are
staging off the Columbia waiting to come in the river in August
for the famed Buoy 10 fishery.
August 1st, I start fishing Buoy 10 for Kings and Coho. The
forecast is looking very strong with an expected run of 950,000
Kings and 385,000 Coho. These numbers are going to make for a
very fun, action-packed fishery. This is also a great fishery
for kids, there are lots of salmon to be caught and there is
normally lots going on to keep everyone entertained and into
fishing. If getting up early is not your thing, I also fish
afternoon trips during this time of year. Don’t miss out on this
one and be sure to book early for the best dates!
September through October I start chasing the biggest Kings of
the year in Tillamook and Nehalem Bay. On average, these fish
range from 20 to 30 pounds and it’s possible to catch ones in
the 40 pound range. I fish at the mouth of the bays and when
conditions allow, I fish just outside the bays in the ocean. On
days I can’t get outside, I am in the bays sometimes fishing in
as little as 5 feet of water. Hooking an ocean-fresh king in
shallow water makes for an epic battle!
Once we get some measurable rain, usually the beginning of
November and into early December, I start fishing the small
coastal rivers for the same fish I was just fishing in the bays.
We chase these fish in an 18’ or 20’ Willie drift boat that is
equipped with heated seats, which come in handy on those chilly
fall days. This is a very hands on fishery where you will
back-bounce eggs or bobber fish for these large kings. When
hooking one of these fish in the small river you have a battle
like no other on your hands.
It’s never too early to call and get your spot booked -- best
seats book early!!
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This boat is absolutely HUGE. It is very wide, comfortable, and roomy
and lots of fun to fish from.
If you would like to book a quality fishing trip with one of the best
fish-catching guides on the Oregon Coast call today. If you end up
booking with someone else, but see us out fishing, please wave hello.
We're easy to find in our brand new boat. It's a 2016 28 foot Willie
Nemesis sled with 250 Yamaha 4 stroke and 9.9 Yamaha kicker.
When fishing the rivers around the Tillamook Bay area we will be fishing
out of a 2013 20 by 72 or a 2015 18 by 60 Willie drift boat. Please
to see more photos of all three boats.
Please wave or honk if you see us on the river. It's likely we'll be in
the process of landing a fish so if we're not able to wave right back
I'm sure you'll understand. I've spent as many if not more hours on the
water here than any other guide you'll find, as I fish almost everyday
of the year and I truly doubt if you'll see any other fishing guide who
works as hard as I do or puts as many hours in as me. Catching Salmon
and Steelhead in the most popular rivers of the Northwest is my passion
and my life. It's a sport that I'd love to share with you.
I fish every possible
day and I know where the fish are. For that reason, on the days I am not
guiding I still fish so I know what is going on for the next day of being on
the water. I fish year round from the ocean thru the bays and up the rivers,
I do it all.
If there is a
steelhead or salmon out there I'm trying to catch it. I love being on the
water teaching people my love for the outdoors and showing them a great time
in the process.
We will be fishing from a 2016 28 foot Willie Nemesis sled with 250
Yamaha 4 stroke and 9.9 Yamaha kicker; it can fish up to 6 people. On
the small coastal rivers we fish from a 2013 20 by 72 or 2015 18 by 60
Willie drift boat. I can fish up to 3 people. All boats are equipped
with heated seats!
The reason people go fishing
with me is to catch fish and to
have fun. To relax, breathe in
the fresh ocean air, and to
catch fish. To enjoy the
scenery, to learn the best
fishing secrets, and to find out
where the fish are. To
photograph all there is to see
and to be a part of the great
outdoors in the Northwest. And
did I mention to catch fish?
Professional Fishing Guide:
Daniel St. Laurent /
St. Laurent Guide
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