Columbia River Fishing

Call us today at (503) 952-6433 or book your guided fishing trip online today. Experience makes the difference.

Columbia River Salmon Fishing

We specialize in guided fishing trips for Spring Chinook, Summer Salmon and Steelhead on the Lower Columbia and Willamette River, the first half of the season.

For the second half of the season we specialize in guided fishing for Big Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam.

Hard Water Guide Service specifically guides on the Columbia river and the Willamette river. We grew up on these waters and know  exactly when and where to fish and what technique to utilize to make your trip the most unforgettable fishing trip. This insures the very best chances for our clients to catch Salmon consistently.

We fish this stretch of the Columbia River even on the days off to ensure we know whats going on. If want to fish for Chinook or Coho Salmon on the Columbia River and want your best chance for success book with Hard Water Guide Service because  “Experience  makes the difference”

When you fish for Chinook or Coho Salmon, Steelhead with Hard Water Guide Service on the Columbia River you are being guided by 45 years of experience. We specialize in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Hard Water Guide Service fishes everything from Buoy 10 to Bonneville, or Willamette River Falls in Oregon City. This area is our home, we literally live on this stretch of the Columbia and Willamette River.

Owner and guide Drew Hansen is a 4th generation Oregonian and has been fishing the Columbia & Willamette River Basins for 45 years. Drew began fishing for Spring Salmon on the Willamette and Columbia River with his family at the age of 8 years old.

Drew has a vast knowledge of Salmon, Steelhead and many other types of fish like Halibut, Cod, Reds, Pinks, Coho and King Salmon. He has fishing experience both commercial and sport fishing from Bristol Bay & Cook Inlet in Alaska all the way to the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon and Washington coast.

In 2002 Drew and his wife Michelle built their own state of the art fishing hatchery where they raised Steelhead and Trout to stock many of the lakes across Oregon. After growing the hatchery from scratch, to raising over 500,000 fish a year, they sold the hatchery to move onto a slower paced lifestyle. Drew also served on the Oregon State Aquaculture, and the Oregon State Limited entry Board.


Along with many years of experience and knowledge, Drew holds a USCG Near Shore License.  Which is a credential that is valid up to 100 miles offshore. Also Red Cross Fist Aid, CPR and AED certified.

Spring Chinook Salmon March Through June
Summer Steelhead & Summer Chinook Salmon June Through July
Fall Chinook Salmon & Coho/Buoy 10; August Through September