Tillamook Fishing Guide

Tillamook Bay home to 5 Rivers that host amazing  Steelhead and Salmon runs.  Spring Chinook, Fall Tillamook Bay Fishing

Chinook 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
  • Launching in Garibaldi, we have great Ocean bottom fishing  just outside the Tillamook Bay

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.


ODFW 2018 Fishing Report

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.

salmon, bottom fishing, crabbing

TILLAMOOK BAY: spring Chinook

A few Spring Chinook were caught on the bay this past week, but overall fishing continues to be slow and sporadic both in the upper an

d lower bay. Hopefully, there will be some better days in June, but at this point it’s looking like a low run year. Popular techniques include trolling herring or spinners, Bobber fishing bait, and fishing plugs.

TRASK RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, trout

The “Hatchery Hole,” 200 feet upstream and 900 feet downstream of Gold Creek at the Trask Hatchery will close to all fishing from June 18 to Oct. 15. Fishery managers are concerned that without a closure the low run size this year will not produce enough broodstock at the hatchery for the next generation of fish.

The rain over the weekend brought a few fish up river, but overall Spring Chinook fishing remains slow to fair, and somewhat sporadic. All indications are that it’s going to be a relatively low run year. Using good bait and fishing early will improve odds.

There are a few summer steelhead showing up on the Trask as well.

Willie Drift Boat, Steelhead

As of May 1, a gear restriction will be in place: from the marker at Loren’s Drift upstream to the Cedar Creek Boat slide (River Mile 10.9) fishing is restricted to fly-fishing or bobber fishing until July 31. See the Salmon/Steelhead Bobber Fishing Rule on page 18 of the regulations for details.

The North Coast Rivers open for trout fishing on May 22. There are some nice cutthroat around, and these aggressive fish can be fun to catch. Most of the rivers are restricted to artificial lures and flies above tidewater until Aug. 31, so check the regulations before you go.

WILSON RIVER: steelhead, spring Chinook, Summer steelhead are starting to show up on the Wilson River, and the run will continue to improve over the next month or more. Low clear water can make fishing for summer steelhead challenging, but there can be some good action. Drift fishing, spinners, and flies are good choices. Light line, small presentations, and fishing the riffles and deep pools at first and last light can increase success.

There are still a few spring Chinook available in the Wilson River, although numbers will be low. Bobber and eggs or sand shrimp, drift fishing, back bouncing, and divers and bait are all good techniques for springers; these fish can be finicky, but are worth the effort!


Book your Tillamook Guided Fishing Trip

Call, Text or Email anytime to check availability,  text or call for the fastest response.    503.858.2699

We offer full days of fishing for $225 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.