Rivers and lakes we cover with our fishing trips / fishing charters.

The Skykomish, the Cowitz and Nisqually rivers are just a few of the places Riverside Guide Service offers fishing charters.  With intimate knowledge of these rivers we know where to fish and how to fish given the conditions. Call or email to find out where we are currently fishing.

Skykomish River - King Salmon, Pink Salmon, Summer and Winter Steelhead

"The Sky" is located 45 minutes from Seattle and regularly ranks as one of the top 10 rivers in Washington for winter and summer steelhead. The Skykomish river drains on the west side of the cascade mountains starting in Index, meeting the Snohomish river at Monroe and flowing into the Pudget Sound. With so much fishable water, gravel bars, white water and large sections of pristine river bank it's hard to believe you are so close to a major city like Seattle.  For a Seattle fishing trip it doesn't get much better than this.

Every two years (odd years) the Skykomish sees an influx of Pink Salmon returning in the hundreds of thousands during the summer months, starting in July. Fishing for Pink's using light spinning gear is a truly fun and a great way to introduce kids, wives and friends to Salmon fishing. With so many fish in the river and a boat that get you away from the crowds the action can be thick and fast and an experience you will never forget.

My typical season on the river: Mainly Summer.

Nisqually River - King Salmon, Chum Salmon and Steelhead

The Nisqually river is located just south of Tacoma, less than a 60 minute drive from Seattle. Not as well known or as large as the Skagit, Skykomish and others it is an often overlooked gem. The Nisqually has a strong summer king salmon fishery and a particularly good fall chum fishery. The steelhead isn't quite as good but the numbers are increasing.

I have have had great success with fishing charters in the summer and fall months and I consider this a great destination for those looking for a fishing trip closer to the Seattle area.

My typical season on the river: Summer / Fall

Cowlitz River - King Salmon, Winter Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout

The Cowlitz river is located a couple of hours from Seattle and about 45 minutes from Portland. Flowing into the Columbia river, the Cowlitz river is rated as one of the better winter steelhead rivers in Washington state. In addition to the steelhead it also has a good chinook and sea-run cutthroat fishery in the spring.

The Cowlitz can get busy but as a fishing guide with extensive knowledge of the river and a fast boat I can get you to the holes that aren't crowded quickly.

My typical season on the river: Fall / Winter / Spring

Other Rivers

  • Skagit River- 1.5 Hours
  • Stillaguamish River- 1 Hour
  • Lake Washington- 20 min.
  • Lake Sammamish- 20 min.
  • Snohomish River- 45 min.
  • Lewis River- 2.5 Hours
  • Columbia River- 3 Hours
  • Drano Lake- 3.5 Hours
  • Wind river-3.5 Hours
  • Yakima river 3 Hours

Species and bodies of water we fish

Winter Steelhead:December-March

Wynoochee River

Satsop River

Chehalis River

Cowlitz River


Spring Chinook:March-May

Columbia River 

Cowlitz River

Wind River

Drano lake


Summer chinook: June-July

Lower Columbia River 

Upper Columbia River

Skykomish River


Sockeye Salmon:July

Brewster Pool (upper columbia)

Wells Dam (upper columbia)

Wanapum Dam (upper columbia)

Lake Wenatchee


Fall Chinook,and Coho:August-November

Buoy 10 or Astoria (lower columbia)

Woodland (mouth of the Lewis River)

Drano Lake 

Hanford Reach

Chehalis River

Satsop River

Cowlitz River

Humptulips River

Lewis River