The latest news on fishing out of Ilwaco, Washington

Now Taking reservations for 2022 fishing season

We are now booking trips for Summer 2022. Give us a call to plan your adventure!

Salmon Fishing - Zone 01

Booking for Salmon River Fishing NOW.

June 25th is opening for Salmon Fishing, until September 30th.
(Unless the Quota is Met.)
We are able to fish for Salmon 7 days a week.
Limit 2 Fish Only!
(1 fish my be a Chinook/King or you may have 2 Silvers/Cohos.


May 5th is the opening for Halibut Fishing.
We are able to fish for Halibut on Thursdays and Sundays
(Except for Memorial Day)
We Fish until the Quota is Met!


May 11th is the opening for Sturgeon Season, until June 4th.
Fishing Occurs on Wednesday and Saturday Only!
We may have an additional Fishery on May 30th call if interested.


Bottom Fishing is on now
through October 15th.

Tuna Trips

The season starts late July.



We currently have openings for:

  • Captain – Must be fully qualified, certified, and licensed.
  • Deck Hand – Great summer job for a college student!
  • Office Manager – For the right person, this could be a year-round, full-time job.
  • Front Desk – Must have great people skills.  You could work part-time or full-time.


SALMON The latest news on salmon fishing out of Ilwaco, Washington Salmon are among the most highly prized fish caught worldwide. These fish are found in abundance off ILWACO in the Pacific Ocean and in the Columbia River. RESERVATIONS Please call early as we expect a...

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Halibut fishing is done off the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Ocean.  The water is blue and wildlife is plentiful, so bring your cameras or cell phones for lots of action.

Our average is about 25 to 40 pounds but we’ve been known to bring fish up to 189 pounds. We use heavy weights to get down to the fish, so bring your muscles!

We have deckhands aboard to bait and help you in catching your fish.

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Bottom Fish

Bottom Fish

With the curtailment of the salmon season in the late ’70s, Pacific Salmon Charters Inc. started exploring the possibilities of catching limits of bottom fish.

We found large quantities of bottom fish 18 miles from Ilwaco. Milt found a spot the fish off the coast of Washington with much larger fish and limits of rockfish and lingcod. We will fish this spot more, as the weather will allow us.

The scenery as you travel to the bottom fish grounds is very exciting and beautiful, so bring your camera.

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The best-kept secret is out. The lower Columbia River (around Ilwaco, Washington) has the world’s best sturgeon fishing.  Catch and release fishing is just as much fun as keeping so book your trip for this season. The sturgeon are big and provide lots of action and excitement.  CALL NOW to reserve.

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There is no set season for TUNA fishing; we fish when the fish arrive, typically in the latter part of July and continuing through September.

We had some wonderful catches last year with some big fish and are expecting great fishing this year.  What great fun for everyone and the excitement of live bait when they hooked into one of those speeding bullets known as tuna.

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(360) 642-3466

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PO Box 519
191 Howerton Ave
Ilwaco, WA 98624

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