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!
Guiding on Oregon's inland waters is John's specialty but chasing Albacore Tuna on the Pacific Ocean out of Garibaldi, is his passion!
John's broad and deep knowledge of tackle and techniques for a large variety of big game fish species is astounding, from salmon and sturgeon to marlin and Wahoo. John is a very well rounded angler and his exceptional guide skills show it!
Pro is an avid outdoorsman, no matter what the task.
Having been raised in the small town of Nyssa, Oregon, he experienced the outdoors as it was meant to be! A childhood spent fishing the Snake, Owyhee, and John Day Rivers and hunting the Owyhee, Malhuer, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Peyette National Forests primed him for his true calling as a professional fishing guide!
In addition he spent his WOU college summers, plus 2 more post graduate, as a hot shot fire fighter that only further increased his knowledge of Oregon/Idaho’s rivers & mountain sides.
His upbringing instilled a desire to choose a lifestyle revolving around the outdoors and he loves sharing his experiences and knowledge with other anglers!
Dory Boat fishing at its finest!
Want a thrill ride? Want to catch a ton of bottom fish? Want to fish for salmon in waters that nobody has the ability to get to from the standard launches?
Then you want to go with Mark on his incredible Dory Boat!
Launching the boat on and off of the beach in Pacific City on the beautiful Oregon coast gives him and you access to areas that receive little fishing pressure!
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!"
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."
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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.
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.