ABOUT THE FISH

Every year the Columbia River gets a huge run of Spring Chinook. These are the brightest outside and the pinkest inside, Salmon you'll have the pleasure to catch and taste. Every year, Auggie's Columbia river Fishing Guide Service is proud to be one of the first boats to catch Spring Chinook year after year.

In the Northwest, the Chinook Salmon is King. From late April through May its spring Chinook time. Also known as "springers", we target the Lewis river and other popular Oregon and Washington Salmon fishing Rivers. With fish ranging from 15 to 25 pounds and 30+ trophy fish being caught every year, these chrome bright beauties hit the hook hard and fight, fight, fight. Light tackle provides a test for the angler and a feel for the fight.

Come August it's off to Buoy 10 and the Columbia river. These fish come a bit bigger with 40+ pounders being landed. Trolling is the show here. When one hits its time to set the hook and the fight is on.

 


Then it's Fall Chinook time at Tillamook Bay on the Oregon Coast. These are the largest and maybe the most popular of all Salmon. Most run from 20 to 40 pounds and we've caught Fall Chinook over 50 pounds.

And at the end of the year in November and December we fish for Winter run Steelhead and Silvers. Silvers are caught on light tackle, what a thrill. These fish in the 5 to 10 pound range make for some great smoked snacks around the fire. Steelhead are hard fighting and a real taste treat.  

On any fishing trip with Auggie's Columbia River Fishing Guide Service you are going to have a great time. Auggie will do everything he can to make sure that everybody gets to catch fish. At the end of the day, you'll see lots of boats with only one or two fish and you may not see Auggie's boat. Why? Because he's still out fishing. Auggie works harder, tries more Salmon fishing tricks and tips and is willing to stay longer if that's what it takes to get fish for everyone.


Steelhead are one of the most sought after fish to catch, fight, land, and eat. One of the toughest to catch, but also one of the most flamboyant when hooked. Its no wonder that anglers here in Washington will fish steelhead in rain, snow, wind, freezing cold water, it makes no difference. When the "bite" is on its time to fish.

Whether free drifting, flipping spoons, back trolling plugs, or trying something new and different, Auggie's Guide Service will put you on the fish.

January, February, and March we target winter steelhead. We target the run on the Lewis River And the Cowlitz River but not limited to just those rivers. With fish running in the 5 to 15 pound range its time for some great fishing. June and July brings warm summer days and more "steelies" to be caught.

 


Summer fish tend to be more aggressive and acrobatic than their winter brothers. Set the hook and watch one tail walk then take off up stream, down stream, under the boat and tail walk again. When finally netted and brought on board, its time to hold it up proudly and take that picture you want to show everyone.

In November and December, it's time for the start of winter runs again. A Coho or two will show up also, so a limit of both is not out of the question.

The Summer & Winter Steelhead are pound for pound the best fighting fish with air acrobatics. The average weight of these fish range from 6 to 12 pounds with an occasional beast. These fish are delicious baked or barbecued.


Come find out what Washington & Oregon Sturgeon fishing is all about. Be it keepers, trophy size, or just good old catch and release. Come aboard and experience the catch. With a great fishery that is most productive these giants can make for a great fight and good table fare.

USING ONLY THE BEST RODS, REELS, TACKLE, AND BAITS. WE WILL DO ALL THAT IT TAKES TO PUT YOU ON THE FISH. Typical days fishing for sturgeon allow for multiple hook ups with limits of sturgeon for everyone NOT UNCOMMON.

Sturgeon are becoming known for their awesome fighting ability and their delicious taste. With a stable and healthy population of sturgeon, we can help you fulfill your fishing dreams!

 


SHAKER STURGEON:
A Shaker is a smaller and must be released unharmed when caught. It is called a shaker because the fish will vigorously shake the rod when it is on the line. The faster the vibration on the rod, the smaller the sturgeon.

KEEPER STURGEON: A Keeper is a sturgeon between approx. 38" and 54" to the fork in the tail in length. The reason we are saying "approximately" is that rules are always changing and we don't want to post improper lengths if the rules change all of a sudden. This fish may be retained when caught. The Keeper is easily distinguished because it shakes the rod somewhat slowly and will run hard taking line off the reel at least for a few seconds.

OVERSIZE STURGEON: An oversize Sturgeon or Trophy Sturgeon is any sturgeon that exceeds the maximum keeper measurement. Oversize Sturgeon can run from over five feet to twelve feet on average with some exceeding this size and hundreds of pounds in weight.

 


Halibut this is a very delicious fish baked or fried for it's a white meat. One of the most exciting things about Halibut fishing is that you never know what size you are going to get and how long the fight will last. You may get a 20 lbs. Halibut or a MONSTER that weighs over 100 pounds.

That why fishing for Halibut is such a passion for me. Remember to CALL EARLY to reserve your space because the Halibut Season is very short. In the last few years they have been cutting the season down by a day every year.

May 1 is the opener for Halibut in Port Angeles. The days we are allowed to fish are Wednesday through Sunday. These dates and rules are always subject to change so be sure and call me for the most current information and regulations before making any final vacation plans.

 


Halibut is a flatfish from the family of the right-eye flounders (Pleuronectidae). Other flatfish are also called halibut. The name is derived from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish), for its popularity on Catholic holy days.

Halibut live in both the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans and are highly-regarded food fish.

The halibut is the largest flat fish, averaging 24–30 lb, but catches as large as 734 lb have been reported. They are gray-black on the top side with an off-white underbelly and have very small scales invisible to the naked eye embedded in their skin.

At birth they have an eye on each side of the head, and swim like a salmon. After six months one eye migrates to the other side, making them look more like flounder. At the same time the stationary-eyed side darkens to match the top side, while the other side remains white.


Tuna is one of my top two pound for pound fighting. They are just one of the best best fighting fish there is around. Tuna often take long deep dives and their determination is what makes them one of the most fun fish there is to battle.

The size of the tuna we catch are in the range of 12 lbs to 30 lbs. I fish out of the Astoria (Pacific Ocean) area. We normally fish in the Tuna Classic Tournament and that's just about as fun and exciting as it gets. This year it looks like there may be another Tuna fishing Tournament in Illwaco Washington.

Commonly we fish for Tuna from Late August Through September. These are also the best months for calmer waters on the Pacific Ocean. sometimes the Ocean is completely flat and just a beautiful sight to see. 

 

 


Tuna is one of the best eating fish. They are full of flavor, and my favorite way to put up Tuna is canning. The Tuna will have a long shelf life that way, and also that's the best way to make sure it makes the best Tuna sandwiches.

By the way, we use a different boat for Tuna and sometimes the ride there and back is as exciting as the Tuna fishing!