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Summer Chinook & Trophy Sturgeon Fishing Spring Chinook Fishing

Now booking combo salmon & sturgeon trips!


100,000 Summer Chinook are forecasted to enter the Columbia River this June & July!
When? June & July
Where? Lower Columbia River out of Astoria, Oregon.

Summer Chinook Salmon: Two hatchery salmon per person! Some of our biggest salmon of the year! These fish average 10-40 pounds and are only hours out of the ocean.

Trophy Sturgeon: Catch & Release fishing for fish that average four to eight feet in length. Nothing beats seeing an 8 foot sturgeon jumping clear out of the river! This is a high catch rate fishery with 20+ fish days being common.


These are combo trips and we are fishing for both species in the same day for no additional charge. This is a $60 per person savings!


Huge & comfortable, 28 Foot Willie Guide Boats!


Booking with Total Fisherman provides you with:

• Guides that have an in-depth knowledge of the Summer Chinook fishery.

• Great boats 25' - 28' in length and loaded for bear!

• Our commitment to making your day the best day possible.

• High quality rods, reels and bait.


We troll the most productive waters in the Astoria, OregonGuided Spring Chinook Fishing area in pursuit of these fish.


We don't fish on anchor for salmon.


Our "Lets find em" trolling approach works really well.


Trolling has proven to be the most effective technique year in and year out.


We are expecting a very good summer Chinook Salmon run beginning in mid June and going through July.

A huge push of summer Chinook Salmon are currently staging in the ocean to make their way up the Columbia River right now!

Starting June 15, this most highly sought after and elusive salmon will be pursued by tens of thousands of anglers.

Don't miss your opportunity to land one of these prized salmon!

We love it here. Chinook fishing gets in your blood! For Summer Chinook Guides it’s not just something that you do, it’s something that you are, and we love sharing this with our customers.

Give us a call or shoot us an email.  We love answering questions and we're looking forward to fishing with you!





Questions regarding fishing, available dates and locations fished are always welcomed! 

Please let us know if you have any questions, we respond to all inquiries within 24 hours or sooner.

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The Total Fisherman Philosophy

We believe that:

- Spending your life doing something you love is the secret to happiness.

- Attention to detail and being absolutely driven, catches fish and creates success.

- A focused effort catches more fish and bigger fish. Just going through the motions is for other people.

- Spending extra time and effort toward making your day successful is important and makes a difference.

- We believe that cutting corners on expenses and effort isn't something you do, even if nobody else will know.

- We believe we should expect the most from every day on the water and hold ourselves to a higher standard.

- We should give back as much and as often as we possibly can.

- It's our job to act as stewards of the resource and as consummate professionals who know that our actions speak louder than words.

Giving 100% every day is the norm, because Buoy 10 or Estuary sturgeon or whatever season we happen to be in only comes around once a year, and in a few weeks it will be over. Let's be realistic ... every one of us has to have a last day on the water. We never know when that day will come, so we are absolutely going to make every day our best day.

We don't have gimmicks like "Fish Catch Guarantees". We won't tell you that we're catching 50 pound salmon every week, or tell you the fishing is red hot when it's not, or any of the other assorted things that guides tell prospective clients to get them on their boats. We're honest and we have integrity.

We provide high quality fishing trips at the median price for guides in the NW. We could charge more or we could charge less, but we don't want you to come fishing with us because your decision is based on price. We want you to come fishing with us because you think we run a first class operation, that we are going to treat you well, and because we catch fish.

We're not the Dollar Store of fishing guides and we certainly aren't the Four Seasons. Our pricing is middle of the road. We believe in charging enough so that we can use high quality equipment, maintain this equipment, and not have to cut corners. We also believe that charging the average price will hopefully allow you to come back more often.

We really take fishing seriously, it's our passion and we certainly want to catch fish just as much as you do; that's why we go during the best times to the best locations and spend extra time, effort, and money to make your trip the best that it can be. We want you to have a successful trip so you come back fishing with us, we also want to be successful so we maintain our reputation as top notch guides.

We take a lot of pride in our fish catching ability and we do everything in our power to put fish in the box, while at the same time having fun, and keeping you safe.

Our approach to life and to fishing isn't standard, and it would certainly be "easier" for us if we weren't worried about these things, but the easy route and the safe bet aren't what we're after. We care about you and we care about your experience on our boats.

We believe our customers, peers and fellow fishermen know that we hold this philosophy close to our hearts and that they know we are out there every day living it. We believe it's important to not let them down.

Kevin, Lacey & Chris- Total Fisherman