Tillamook Fishing Guide

Tillamook Bay home to 5 Rivers that host amazing  Steelhead and Salmon runs.  Spring Chinook, Fall Tillamook Bay FishingChinook and Coho are the popular runs to be in Tillamook for.    My preferred method for Tillamook bay is Trolling Herring.

  • Tillamook Spring Chinook Run:  May – June
  • Tillamook Fall Chinook Run: September – December

Your Tillamook Fishing Guide Service

Lewis and Clark Guide Service is Oregon’s premier locally owned and guided salmon fishing charter service.  We have two fully equipped boats ready to tackle the Tillamook bay and its many tributaries.   We provide all necessary equipment we use G Loomis Rods, Shimano Reels and Shortbus Flashers. You just need to gather a few important items, before you arrive.

Tillamook Bay Spring Chinook Fishing

The Tillamook Spring Chinook are some of the largest in their class, I am never surprised to get into the 30lb range.    Whether you want to troll herring in the Sled or book a drift Boat Trip for the Trask River  or the Nestucca River.

Tillamook Bay returns fish primarily to the Trask River with its hatchery run, there is also a modest hatchery run into the Wilson River.

Although the Spring run is smaller than the famous fall Chinook run here in Tillamook Bay it is worth the trip for that rich Spring Chinook Flavor that can’t be beat.
Look for Spring Chinook to be landed in May and June on Tillamook Bay.

Tillamook Bay Fall Chinook Fishing

These King Salmon are some of the largest in the world.  Salmon Anglers can expect to fight monster Chinook in Tillamook Bay,  the Fall Chinook can average 30lbs and some approaching high 40lbs.   Whether you want to troll herring in the Sled or book a drift Boat Trip for the Trask River, Wilson River or the Nestucca River we’ve got you covered.   And yes my drift boat has a heater.Willie Drift Boat, Steelhead

Fishing Reports from  ODFW in 2015:

NEHALEM RIVER: Chinook, Coho

Fishing for Chinook is fair to good. An occasional hatchery coho is caught also. Water temperatures are warm, so incoming tides may produce the best bites as cooler ocean water pushes in. Fish are available in the lower bay up to Nehalem, with increasing numbers of fish moving to upper tidewater areas. Troll herring or spinners near the bottom, or bobber fish in upper tidewater.

Sea-run cutthroat can be caught throughout the bay and tidewater areas, and further upstream. Troll or cast small lures or flies along the channel margins or in areas of cover, such as logs or woody debris.

The Nehalem Bay and River is closed to the retention of wild (non-finclipped) coho salmon this year.

TILLAMOOK BAY: Chinook, coho

Fishing for Chinook and hatchery coho is fair to good. Trolling herring or spinners are the two most popular techniques. Casting spinners can be productive at times in some of the mid-bay channels. The bay will be open to wild coho retention (1 adult wild coho for the season) on Fridays and Saturdays only, Sept. 18 – Oct. 31.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Fall Chinook should begin to show in tidewater areas over the next few weeks. An occasional summer steelhead is being caught. Fishing for cutthroat trout is fair to good. The hatchery hole area is closed to all fishing through Oct. 15.

Anglers who catch a steelhead or salmon with numbered tag(s) are encouraged to report catch information via the internet or by calling ODFW at 503-842-2741 and asking for Derek Wiley. All live tagged fish that are not legal to retain or are voluntarily not kept should be released quickly and unharmed with tags intact.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, Chinook, cutthroat

Summer steelhead fishing is slow. Fishing for cutthroat trout should be fair. Use lighter gear for best results as the water is extremely low and clear. Fall Chinook angling in tidewater will be slow for a few weeks.


Book your Tillamook Guided Fishing Trip

Call, Text or Email anytime to check availability,  text or call for the fastest response.    505.858.2699

We offer full days of fishing for $200 per person. I provide all the fishing gear and bait. I use top quality bait and spare no expense when it comes rods reels and all the gear. There are half days available for some seasons as booking allows. We fish G Loomis Rods, Shimano Reels and Shortbus Flashers. We are constantly networking with other fishing guides so we will know where the fish will be & the best way to catch them with the tides and water conditions at hand. Anglers of all ages & experience levels are welcome anytime.