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4-27 2005

Now booking Wind River spring Chinook fishing trips, Lake Merwin Kokanee fishing and Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishing!



Congrats Fred and Rob!  Thanks for the fun day!  I'm looking forward to next time!

Lake Merwin Kokanee fishing is hot right now!  These are fun action packed fishing days with limits of fish being the norm!


Lake Merwin kokanee limit

A limit of fish from Monday April 25!


Lake Merwin is a picturesque setting and a great way to do some great fishing and relax and get away from it all!

Kokanee are land locked Sockeye salmon that fight hard and taste great!

4-21 2005




Here are some of the springers from the last few trips.  We had some good spring chinook fishing days with a lot of wild fish that were released to fight another day!  Thanks everyone for the laughs and the great days of fishing on the river! 



4-4 2005

The fishing is really starting to really heat up!  A nice limit of Columbia River Spring Chinook! 

4 fish landed, 1 lost at the boat and 5 others that didn't stick!

Bill and Jim thanks for the great day of fishing!  I'm looking forward to getting out with you guys again!


4-3 2005

Ryan's first spring Chinook!  A real nice 19 pound hen!

Don put a hurtin' on this fish!  24 pounds of pure fight!

Guys, thanks for the fabulous day!



Archived Reports

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EST.Total Fisherman Philosophy2000

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!

Kevin Newell & Lacey DeWeert - Team Total Fisherman