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These are photos from our latest trips.
6-15 Pacific City Ling Cod, caught with Capt. Mark Lytle!
6-29 Big Sturgeon caught with Capt. Kevin Newell!
6-24 Halibut caught with Capt. John Childs!
July 1, an 8.5 foot oversize sturgeon caught with Capt. Kevin Newell!
6-30 Columbia River Sturgeon, caught with Capt. Kevin Newell!
6-27 Nice sturgeon caught with Capt. Kevin Newell!
6-25 A double hook up on big sturgeon!

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Lacey DeWeert

Lacey's prowess at putting fish in the boat while having a good time, is nothing short of amazing!

Salmon & sturgeon on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers fear her and speak her name in hushed tones because they know of her incredible ability to find and catch them!

"I work hard so I can play hard! When there are fish to be caught you're going to find me on the water!"

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Kevin Newell

2012 marks the 12th year since Kevin started guiding on the Columbia River and other waters in Washington and Oregon.

"I started guiding when I was 24 years old, fairly young by most standards, but now that I'm 37, I'm truly glad that I started at such at young age and didn't wait … so many things have changed in the last decade and I'm glad I was able to participate in these changes and not sit idly by waiting to make my big move into the professional guiding arena."

Chris Snyder

In addition to guiding in Washington and on the Columbia River, Chris handles our customer bookings and inquiries here at Total Fisherman.

Chris's love for fishing is evident in everything he does and his philosophy regarding fishing is simple,

"I love having fun on the water and at the same time I approach angling with focused intensity so that I don't miss any of the subtle clues that point to the What, Where and Why of how the fish are behaving. A day of fishing is fun, but a whole day of catching fish is what I consistently try to achieve!" Read more about Chris HERE!

February, 05 2011
How to Catch Dungeness Crab
by Kevin Newell

How to become a fishing guide?

Crabbing is a lot of fun and an inexpensive and rewarding way for the whole family to get out and enjoy a day on the water with the added reward of catching a great meal!

This article focuses on crab fishing for Dungeness crab but could be applied to harvest other types of crab, make sure you check your local regulations before heading to the water.


Dungeness Crab are found in the Pacific Ocean, its river estuaries, and bays. They inhabit the ocean and bays from as far south as Santa Barbara, California all the way north to the Pribilof Islands in Alaska, and every bay and river entrance in between.


This large population and wide distribution makes them a very popular target for recreational crabbers as well as an important economic resource for commercial crabbers and coastal communities.

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January, 23 2011
How to catch Kokanee - Lake Merwin Reservoir
by Kevin Newell

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Lake Merwin Reservoir is part of the Lewis River drainage and can be accessed via Hwy 503 that runs through Woodland, WA.
Lake Merwin has two access points for boaters, Speelyai Bay and Cresap Bay. Speelyai Bay is the first boat launch that you come to as you drive up Highway 503.


Catching Kokanee on Lake Merwin is a lot of fun and the average size Kokanee is 13″ to 15″ which makes them substantially larger then those found in Yale Reservoir (the next reservoir up Hwy 503).
Having a fish finder is critical to catching limits of Kokanee. A good fish finder allows you to locate the depth that the schools of Kokanee are running.

Once you know the depth, then the best way to target Kokanee when trolling is via a downrigger.

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