in the district have changed in recent years. Historically, steelhead started to run just on the heels of fall Chinook, jump starting around Thanksgiving.
A guided driftboat trip for salmon or steelhead in the Tillamook area is one of the most majestic and sought after experiences a Tillamook fishing guide can offer. Drifting down one of the local rivers in Tillamook is simply magical. Our rivers are beautiful, lush and green, running bank-full with steelhead green water, waiting for your drifted baits or back trolled plugs, where the Tillamook’s largest salmon and steelhead return to our rivers. The Trask, Wilson and Kilchis Rivers are just 3 of the 5 rivers that drain into Tillamook Bay, all teeming with fresh, mint-bright salmon and steelhead for your Tillamook area guide to put you on top of.
Your Tillamook fishing guide rows you down the river, making for a very peaceful and productive experience in the Tillamook district. Without the distraction of a motor (motors are banned for expansive reaches on each of these Tillamook area rivers), your Tillamook fishing guide can stealthily put you on top of resting salmon and steelhead in any one of the scores of pools and riffles that these fish lie in wait. Hooking a Tillamook salmon or steelhead often offers explosive results, with fresh, silver-sided salmon or steelhead cartwheeling out of the water, trying to escape the angler’s grasp. It’s an experience so many fishermen long for, and one that will last the angler for a lifetime.
This effort has been a successful cooperative effort between Tillamook fishing guides and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to produce high quality steelhead that provide excellent Tillamook area steelhead opportunities throughout the winter and spring months. Hatchery steelhead to 20 pounds are once again a possibility, and have been a reality with the implementation of the wild broodstock programs, truly a success story.
Floating down one of the local Tillamook area rivers in pursuit of steelhead is more than a fishing experience. Bald eagles, deer, elk, kingfishers and mergansers are also frequent visitors to the river’s banks. Floating down an emerald green river offers its own unique experience, one synonymous with the serene over-all experience you’ll have with your Tillamook fishing guide. Keep an eye out as you float through the tail-outs, often times you’ll see steelhead that declined your offering or large spawning salmon that have no interest in your bait or plugs as they propagate the next generation of salmon. The rivers are also filled with beautiful coastal cutthroat trout that often provide a sporting experience. They often spawn in February and are aggressive enough in their own right during the winter and spring months. They too are for catch and release only.
These unique fishing experiences are much more than a paycheck to your Tillamook fishing guide. We are not only stewards to your Tillamook fishing experience, we are stewards to this unique and finite resource. We’ve spent countless hours advocating for improved water quality and land use policies, to protect this resource for future generations of anglers and the plethora of other plants and animals dependent on this keystone species. Your Tillamook fishing guide understands that this resource is worth defending as the angling community is often the first to sit on the sidelines during an emergency closure, but last to realize the benefits of this resource as these fish dodge other predators along their long and perilous journey to the ocean and back. Seals, sea lions, mergansers, loons, cormorants, sharks, orca whales and high seas fishermen all snare our Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead in near and far away places. It’s our job as Oregon fishing guides to continue to fight to ensure returning salmon and steelhead escape to the spawning grounds, and provide opportunity to Oregon fishing enthusiasts.
It’s the job of your Tillamook fishing guide to make sure your experience is a positive one. From booking your trip through processing your catch, it’s in our best interest to make sure you leave with a lasting and positive impression on all that Oregon has to offer. We consider ourselves ambassadors to Oregon and its bounty of natural resources so that you too, feel invested in a future where we all get to enjoy abundant and healthy returns of salmon and steelhead to the Pacific Northwest. We’re proud of our long and storied heritage here in Oregon, and we want to pass this pride along to our customers and our children.
We are proud and local Oregonians with a long history of fishing for the salmon and steelhead of the Tillamook watershed. With thousands of fishing trips under our belts, we’re prepared and excited to host you as our guests on your Tillamook fishing guided experience. The salmon and steelhead of the Tillamook basin are unique and special. From the 12-inch coastal cutthroat trout to the 35-pound massive fall Chinook we know the ins and outs of these fisheries and look forward to sharing them with you. We want you to go away from our treasured corner of Oregon, telling your family and friends of experiences we will never take for granted and more importantly, tell them that they too should come and experience all that Oregon has to offer.
Whether you catch fish or not, you will have an incredible experience with your Tillamook fishing guide. Rob and Bob look forward to teaching you about out fish and our fisheries, and share the same experiences with you, that hooked them on salmon and steelhead fishing in the Tillamook region. We take your experience personally, and hope to make memories for you and your family that will last a lifetime, experiences that can never be duplicated anywhere else in the world.