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Here are four guides that par- ticularly caught my attention as I pe- rused the booths at the show. Gary's Guide Service Gary's Guide Service out of Roseburg offers a wide variety of year round fishing on the North Um- pqua, South Umpqua and main Um- pqua for steelhead, salmon, small- mouth bass and shad. I've fished with Lewis several times and have caught all the above-mentioned fish. He also fishes on the Elk, Rouge, Sixes, Co- quille and Coos rivers. The winter steelhead are in fight now and anglers are catching some nice fish. The last few years have seen runs averaging about 10,000 fish, with individual fish averaging between 8 and 20 pounds. Fishing will be good until the end of April. "The best way to catch winter steelhead is side-drifting bait with spinning rods or fly rods out of a drift boat, or pulling plugs," said Lewis, who has been guiding on Oregon riv- ers for over 20 years and started fly fishing and tying flies when he was 7. He also mastered the techniques of fishing with bait and artificial lures, so anglers can choose their technique when fishing with him. For more information call 541- 672-2460 or go to www.garylewis- guideservice.com. Pacific Salmon Charters If it's ocean fish you're after, such as tuna, halibut, rockfish or ling cod, check out Pacific Salmon Charters out of Ilwaco, Wash., at the mouth of the Columbia River. An- glers can fish the Columbia for stur- geon and salmon. Tuna season begins the latter part of July and continues through 00UTDOORS Scott Staats September. This trip can be one of the most unique trips anglers will ever experience out on the clear blue water with dolphins and other sea life close at hand. Be prepared for a long day of fishing that could last 16 to 18 hours on a 36- to 55-foot boat. Trips begin at 2 a.m. There are also two-day trips available in which an- glers spend the night on board. "We had some wonderful catch- es last year with some big fish," said owner Milt Gudgell. "What great fun and excitement when anglers hook into one of these speeding bullets known as tuna." Halibut fishing begins May 3 and is open three days a week - Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The quota has been reduced so the season will not last much beyond the end of May. Fishing is done in about 500 to 600 feet of water about 25 miles out from the mouth of the Columbia River. Fish average about 25 to 40 pounds with some up to 189 pounds. The sturgeon season opens May 12 and goes through July 8. The best time to retain sturgeon is mid-May and June. The sturgeon limit is one fish daily. Pacific Salmon Charters also of- fers trips for kids/parents, birders and Lower Columbia'River scenic tours. SALE $15,650 '12 Palomino I I '12 Travell.ge 690 II .12 Outdoo00 RV I Tent Trailer I " FD Sportsman J J Back Country 18F Stock#RS021 for families on the go MSRP: $8102 J MSRP: $13,789 l I MSRP: $16,012 SALE ,006830 [SALE II SALE 0012,999 Call 800-831-2695 or go to c ificsahnoncharters.com. Young's Fishing Service Young's Fishing Service out of The Dalles offers fishing trips on the Columbia River for walleye, stur- geon, salmon and steelhead as well as trout fishing trip on the lower De- schutes River via 24-foot jet boats. One of the most unique fishing opportunities is walleye, which are some of the best-eating freshwater fish available Many experts believe the next world record will come from the Columbia River. Walleye can be caught year round, with now through April being the best time. If you want to catch the biggest fish of your life and are looking for a challenge, how about "oversized" sturgeon in the 7- to 9-foot range? It may take up to 45 minutes to bring one of these fish to the boat. Late May through July provides the best action. The fall Chinook season is Sep- tember and October. Fish can weigh over 40 pounds. Coho runs are at their finest in October and Novem- ber near the mouth of the Klickitat River on the Washington side of the Columbia. All Deschutes River trips take anglers through some Class III and Class IV rapids in a scenic canyon, which adds some excitement to the outing. Day trips and multiple day camping trips are available. The na- tive rainbows, known as Deschutes River redsides, are some of the hard- est-fighting trout anglers can catch on a flyrod. The year-round fish- ing is second to none with hatches virtually every day of the year. The salmon fly hatch in May and June is a popular trip. For more information call 800- 270-7962 or visit www.FishYFS. coin. Four Rivers Guide Service Another unique fishing locale is Tillamook Bay. David Harris, owner of Four Rivers Guide Service, has been fishing Tillamook Bay and the Columbia River for almost 30 years. He takes up to four clients a day out in the fiver and bay in a 24-foot North River jet boat. He fishes the Columbia River from the John Day Dam down to As- toria for Chinook and coho salmon. He'll fish Tillamook Bay in May and June for spring Chinook and then the last week in September through Oc- tober for fall Chinook. Depending on how the salmon runs are going, he'll fish the bay or the river. The bay can be really calm and during low tide can almost be like fishing a fiver. The deepest hole at low tide is only about 12 feet deep. The average depth at low tide is about 6 feet. He slow trolls with light tackle and anglers hold onto their own rods with the bait or lure only 20 feet out behind the boat. There's nothing like having a 40-pound fish explode on it. The average fall Chinook is about 27 pounds, the average spring Chinook weighs about 14 pounds and Coho can weigh up to 15 to 20 pounds. For more information call 541- 390-4127 or go to www tourrivers- guideservice.com. WWW.LASSENRV.COM 541.917.7395 877.373.2678 1103 PRICE ROAD SE, ALBANY, OR 97322 Scott Staats is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville.