Summer Vacations and Fishing in the NW
King Salmon Fishing the Upper Cowlitz This Week
It's hard to believe the beauty that awaits to the SE of Olympia and Tacoma in the hills of the Cascade Mountains. The remote spot just west of White Pass between Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens provides the perfect starting or ending point for the most scenic salmon fishing we've ever offered. Fish Lake Scanewa where the Cowlitz and Cispus River converge surrounded by evergreen forests and fishing the most beautiful blue green water. Packwood is an amazing little town with herds of Elk making local residence and many shops and restaraunts in the shadow of the Cascades.
Eastern Washington for Sun and Salmon
Some of the highest action fishing with 20-30+ hookups per day happens just 2 hours east of Seattle near Vantage on the Columbia River. Catching 6 fish limits of Sockeye, aka 'Reds', is the perfect activity for the entire family. Enjoy a day on the water in the warm sun surrounded by amazing the amazing geological landscape of Eastern Washington's Columbia River Basin. Later in July this fishery moves upstream to Brewster which is a stone's throw away from Lake Chelan which is an amazing vacation destination.
GET THERE: Wanapum is only 2 hours east of Seattle on I-90. For Brewster take 90 or 2 east and head north past Lake Chelan.
IN ADDITION TO FISHING: Take in a concert a summer concert at the Gorge. Visit Moses Lake or the nearby Potholes Reservoir. Stay at Lake Chelan - we highly recommend taking a boat or plane ride to the remote town of Stehekin if you've never been. Take HWY 2 to visit the Bavarian town of Leavenworth for some beer and brats. Or take the North Cascades highway - a must if you've never taking this amazing scenic route will really make you appreciate the beauty Washington State has to offer. Treat yourself to a visit to Sun Mountain Lodge and take a fly fishing lesson at the lodge.
August and September at the Coast
Our amazing summer of fishing culminates at the Coast when we greet the years run of King and Coho salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River. This fishery is aptly named Buoy 10 for the red buoy that memorializes the red hot fishing that takes place here every summer. These are perfect trips for friends, family, customers and vendors. Clean and professional boats and guides take you out from the dock in the morning and you can have your fish bagged right at the dock.
GET THERE: Astoria, Oregon is the base camp for this amazing fishery. Head west at Portland or Olympia and take 101 down to Astoria.
IN ADDITION TO FISHING: Astoria Oregon is a right between Seaside, Oregon and Long Beach, Washington. All three towns are set up for a multitude of tourist activities. Astoria hosts the Columbia River Maritime Museum and there are also Trolley Tours with knowledgeable tour guides of the area. Seaside, Oregon has miles of beaches, shopping and restaurants. One highlight is feeding the seals at the Seaside Aquarium. Long Beach, Washington is also a great vacation spot and boasts museums, tours and carnival rides. This stretch along the Pacific Coast is rich in history as the location of the first settlements by Lewis and Clark.
Our family has enjoyed these fishing trips and family vacations for many years and are happy to give share our experiences to help make the most of your summer fishing trips.
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