Hi! We're Kevin Newell, Lacey DeWeert & Chris Snyder, and we are looking forward to spending a day on the water with you! All of us here at Total Fisherman Guide Service are state licensed and Coast Guard certified professional fishing guides.
Total Fisherman Guide Service has been guiding on the Columbia River for over 15 years. We founded the company in 2000.
Being licensed guides in both Washington and Oregon allows us to target Chinook salmon for 9 months out of the year! Steelhead is good in many of Washington and Oregon's streams year around, and Columbia River sturgeon fishing is always fun and productive!
We work incredibly hard to ensure that your fishing
trip is fun and successful (please read our Total Fisherman Philosophy at the bottom of the page).
We want you to have a good time, we want you to have fun, and we really hope you will tell your friends about us.
We're knowledgeable, hard working and dedicated to ensuring that you have the best day possible day on the water!
Give us a call, and talk to us in person, please ask us a lot of questions; you will find that we're personable and knowledgeable about what we do.
Click here "Why book with Total Fisherman?"
Here are some of the
things that our customers had to say about their trip:
Kyle from Portland,
"I want to thank you for all your hard work. First thing my dad said was this guy
really loves to fish and it shows. The boys said they had fun but it was more obvious how much fun they had when they got home and started talking to their friends. One thing is for sure ..whether the fishing is good or bad I feel you would give 100% and that's all anyone could ask for. For me it was most gratifying to see my boys and dad together catching fish then taking a picture that they will always remember. Not sure when we can get back. We will have to see how things go. I wish you and your family well and hope to see you in the near future."
Thanks, Kyle, Kelly, Kris, Garland
Joel & Faye from Thousand Oaks, California wrote;
"Hi Kevin! We had a blast. We just got back this AM and the trip is still the topic of conversation. I assume my friends and family will tire of the stories well before I tire of telling them... Our experience with Total Fisherman was so rewarding it is one of the brightest spots of our trip... You were the best Guide we could have hoped for, and will for sure make it back (hopefully in early Spring)... In closing I feel like we have known you for decades. Your professional attitude, knowledge of the Columbia, and solid willingness to go the distance, rain or shine glows, in the din of the others who claim to be a “guide”. We completely enjoyed our time in your company and on your stunning vessel. You are the fisherman’s Fisherman, and the guide’s Guide. We would only use the Total Fisherman the next time we are up in that dazzling part of our great country."
Debbie and Terry from Portland, Oregon wrote -
"Kevin - thanks again for the great fishing trip last Saturday. Learned so much from you and caught fish - can't beat that!... Terry & I want to book a steelhead/sturgeon trip with you. We can take a day off during the week - that is probably an easier time to find an open spot in your schedule and also less crowded on the waters. Take care - thanks again for a great day - you really are a Pro and a pleasure to fish with!"
John from Milwaukee, Oregon wrote -
"Hey Kevin, I just wanted to thank you for one hell of a fishing trip! You are my top guide! I just wanted to say, I would have considered it a good trip to bring home a couple of fish but to get 5 was a great surprise! You really know what your doing."
"I brought my daughter and a friend out, we have fished many places and we have caught a lot of fish before, but I've got to tell you we had a blast! Those fish pulled so hard they made our walleye, Northern Pike, bass, and bullheads, feel like nothing, you are the GREATEST.......by the way we appreciate your equipment being top notch, clean , and well maintained! Everything was perfect!"
John, Abby & Laurie
Aloha, Oregon wrote;
"I wanted to thank Kevin Newell of Total Fisherman Guide Service for one of the best days I have had on the river. I normally take my boat with friends, bait the hooks, drive the boat, anchor the boat, feed the guests, clean up the boat, tow the boat, feed the boat, you know the drill. I have never been on a guided trip, and if you haven't, you owe it to yourself to fish with Kevin Newell. He knows where to fish, how to fish in his huge 24 foot boat!"
from Portland, Oregon wrote;
"Today was the day that I finally got to “cash in” on the fishing trip that Kevin Newell of Total Fishermen Guide service donated for the ifish charity auction benefiting Christmas Toys for kids @ Emanuel Hospital. My wife and I, and a couple of our friends, had a great time right from the start this morning. First off, what a world class guy Kevin is for donating a trip for the kids at Emanuel Hospital through ifish. His heart is in the right place. Next, he has top of the line equipment and a personality to match. If you ever need a guide on the Columbia I can’t imagine you’d do any better. I learned a few new tricks today. I could show you other pictures but that wasn’t what today was about. It was about the kids and a big hearted guide."
Nice job ifish and nice job Kevin – from old "Hooked on Fish."
from Monroe, Washington wrote;
Mike Lee Sr. here. Thanks for an awesome time on the river last Sunday. Boys and I had a ball and will be contacting you to book more trips next fall after we get back from Alaska."
Below is a letter written by a Total Fisherman customer for the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana.
The Daily Inter Lake Kalispell, Montana
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Sturgeon put up quite a fight
Three years ago I had the opportunity to see some video of
outstanding sturgeon fishing on the lower Columbia River.
That video was taken by Jim Vashro, regional fisheries
manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Jim is an excellent fishery biologist who also practices
what he preaches. Like many other Flathead fishermen, he
likes to sample fishing in other corners of the Pacific
telling my wife about Jim's video and great sturgeon
fishing, she insisted that I go sturgeon fishing. Having
never fished for sturgeon before, we decided it was best
to hire a guide to show us how to do it. Besides, we saved
a lot of gas money by not hauling our boat to the Columbia
winter we attended a sports show in
and met a young guide named Kevin Newell. Newell runs a
one-man fishing guide service. He spends about 200 days a
year on the waters of western Oregon
From May 15 through July, he mainly guides for sturgeon
Astoria is where the mighty
enters the Pacific Ocean. This is a great area for white
sturgeon. These prehistoric fish are very long-lived and
can grow to more than 15 feet long. Most sturgeon caught
by fishermen are 2-4 feet long, with occasional fish up to
7-8 feet. A 9-footer is a real lunker these days. What
really surprised me is the strength of these fish. They
also will jump like a sailfish.
Our first day of fishing started slowly. Kevin is not a
patient guide. If the fish don't bite within 10 to 15
minutes, he's off to a new spot.
Successful sturgeon fishing requires a good knowledge of
the tides and river currents. Kevin watches these
movements like a hawk and will keep moving until these
factors are correct.
with heavyweight casting and trolling equipment, braided
60-pound test line and 80-pound leader. Only a
hook is used. This allows for a easy release.
Fishing regulations normally allow the keeping of one
sturgeon a day. Keepers must be within a slot length of
We used an 8- to 12-ounce lead weight to keep the sand
shrimp bait near the bottom.
We fished several spots before all the slats lined up. I
caught the first fish and was amazed at its strength. They
really fight hard and my fish cleared the water with its
first jump. When we finally got it alongside the boat, it
was a 49-inch fish, which we released.
The big fish of the day was a 7-footer that ripped off
more than 100 yards of line on its first run. We were
afraid it would empty the reel, so we disconnected from
the anchor and followed the fish downstream. It took 15
minutes to bring the fish alongside the boat for a photo
My wife hooked a 5-foot fish which jumped several times,
then slammed into the boat like "Jaws" before coming
alongside the boat to be released. As Kevin was working
to unhook it, the fish got a second burst of energy and
tore away from the boat, nearly taking the rod and reel
with it. So I got to land my wife's fish for a second
At the end of the first day, we caught about 10 to 12
fish, with 5-, 6- and 7-foot-ers being the big fish of the
The next day we were joined by our son, Erik. The second
day of fishing was better from the standpoint of catching
more than 20 sturgeon, with Erik getting, the biggest a 4-
to 5-foot fish.
So if you want to try a different type of fishing, try
some sturgeon fishing.
Total Fisherman Guide Service is:
CPR and First Aid Certified
Coast Guard Certified Merchant Marine Master Licenses #1020462 & #2956414
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 then 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 & the whole Total Fisherman crew!
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