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 14 years now.
Now Booking ALL 2018 FISHING TRIPS
The second week of May thru the end of June
We start our TILLAMOOK AND NESTUCCA BAY SPRING SALMON seasons the second week of May thru the end of June. ODFW doesn’t do run predictions for these runs, but this is the first year of the increased smolt release for the coastal hatcheries. These are the biggest spring salmon of the year. The average on these coastal springers are 15 to 20 pounds and we see a few over 30 every year. We also do combo bottom fishing spring salmon trips out of Tillamook when the ocean allows us to get out. The bottom fishing is very hands on and the success is very high with sea bass and ling cod every time we go out. Don’t miss out on these fine eating fish we have in the spring seasons!
Starting July 25th
We will be fishing summer kings and ocean salmon starting July 25th. We will be fishing Nehalem Bay or the lower Columbia River for the summer kings, whichever area is fishing best. On calm days we fish out in the ocean off the Columbia River or Tillamook Bay chasing acrobatic Coho and line peeling kings! This is normally a fun action packed fishery.
August 1st through September 2nd
August 1st kicks off the WORLD FAMOUS BUOY 10 salmon fishery out of the Astoria area. We normally fish in the ocean off the Columbia River for the first half of August due to the fact that the main volume of fish are staging off the river feeding on everything they can before they start their journey up the river. By mid August we are primarily in the river because the fish are starting to come into the river in large numbers by then. Our forecast for 2018 is nearly 365,000 kings and almost 260,000 coho. So we should see over 600 thousand fish for 2018 Buoy 10 season. We get to keep any king 7 days a week this year thru August 24th from buoy 10 to tongue point line after that we still can keep fin clipped coho 2 fish per person per day limit. After August 24th we can also fish above tongue point thru Sept 2nd for kings so we will be splitting time fishing kings and coho thru this time depending on what the tides are. There will still be some great fishing at the buoy 10 salmon fishery dont miss out this is action packed on tons of fun!
September 3rd through Mid-October
After buoy 10 we head home to start our TILLAMOOK AND NEHALEM BAY fall king salmon fishery. For Tillamook this season we get a wild coho season starting Friday Sept 7th and Saturday 8th and every Friday and Saturday thru Sept or in till the quota is met We spend most of our time in the ocean in September when conditions allow. Fishing in the ocean also allows up to drop crab pots. These fall kings are the biggest salmon of the year with kings that reach the 40 pound class and the average being 20-30 pounds. We also see many coho in the high teens. Don’t miss out on the hardest fighting fish of the entire year. We fish the bays through mid October for these giant kings.
Mid-October through December
Starting in mid October we will be starting drift boat season and small sled tidewater trips thru Dec for these same large king salmon coming in fresh from the ocean. I am getting a 21 foot Willies sled built this summer to fish the lower Wilson river, Kilches river, Trask river, and Nestucca river for the Fall and winter seasons. Depending on conditions we will be in the sled or drift boats all still will have the HEATED SEATS for those cold fall days. These are very fun hands on trips that we are back bouncing and bobber fishing with eggs sandshrimp and a verity of other baits. We spend the day with the rod in your hand and your very involved. Also when you hook one of these fish with the rod in your hand there is no better feeling and one fantastic rush as the fish takes off line screaming off the reel.
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Summer Kings Fishing, 2015
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This boat is absolutely HUGE. It’s large width provides extra room to move around and makes fishing more enjoyable.
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 2016 20 by 72 or a 2015 18 by 60 Willie drift boat. Please CLICK HERE 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.
~ Daniel St. Laurent