Unlike most popularized fishing destinations in North America, such as Alaska, British Columbia, or Minnesota, there’s never an off-season for anglers here in the Pacific Northwest. Astoria, Oregon, in particular, has evolved into one of the country’s premier fishing hubs thanks to the region’s thriving salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead populations. Most Astoria fishing charters troll through the azure blue Columbia River from Youngs Bay all the way to Portland’s northern suburbs. However, you likely won’t have to motor too far from the Astoria Riverwalk Inn during your midday excursions to wrangle a monster Chinook.
Charter Fishing in Astoria, Oregon
The team here at Astoria Riverwalk Inn, the city’s first waterfront hotel, has a strong relationship with several Astoria fishing charters, all of which are within steps of our visually-striking theme rooms. However, it’s important to do your homework on each angling option before your arrival to ensure that your chartered trip onto the grand Columbia River is nothing short of spectacular. Keep reading to learn more about the four best fishing charters in Astoria.
Astoria Fishing Charters and Guide Service
The aptly-named Astoria Fishing Charters and Guide Service (as well as Lance Fisher, RBV, and Total Fisherman) operate out of the West Mooring Basin. And the Riverwalk Inn rests along the banks of the basin—so, again, you’ll only be steps from a fishing trip when you stay at our elegant hotel. Astoria Fishing Charters offers the widest selection of tours in the area, including spring Chinook, summer sturgeon, fall crabbing, and winter steelheads.
Lance Fisher Fishing
Lance Fisher Fishing may not have a fleet of guides and boats like Astoria Fishing Charters and Guide Service. But Lance’s personalized touch, in combination with his 19-year guiding career, is ideal for small groups looking for an intimate trip down the Columbia River. He explicitly targets sturgeon, steelheads, and three species of salmon (Chinook, sockeye, and coho).
For those aiming to hit the open ocean this summer, look no further than RBV Adventures. RBV is one of the only Astoria fishing charters to provide Pacific Ocean tuna excursions. You’ll likely also hook a wide variety of oceanic beauties, such as lingcod, black sea bass, and halibut. Captain Randy Vanderhoof is seemingly always available for a chat at 503-502-7983.
Total Fisherman Guide Service
Total Fisherman provides guiding services in Oregon and Washington. And, thankfully, one of their main points of operation is just steps from our historic Astoria inn. Lacey, Kevin, and the gang typically target white sturgeon and Chinook salmon, but a lot of folks are drawn to Total Fisherman for its bottom fishing voyages. It’s always such a thrill to reel in a rare cabezon, kelp greenling, or colorful rockfish!
A Classic Astoria Hotel
After a full day of downtown exploration, craft beer, and Columbia River angling, retreat to Astoria Riverwalk Inn for a meal at a neighboring restaurant and a sunset stroll near the basin. Cap a truly unforgettable day in the Pacific Northwest inside your nostalgic theme room. Themes include “Astoria Bridge,” “Canning,” “Boat Yard,” and “Union Town.” And don’t forget that we’re located on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley route, so you’ll also be able to enjoy easy access to everything that our beautiful town has to offer. Please give us a call today at 503-325-2013 to book a well-deserved escape to Oregon’s golden coast.