Category Archives: Fishing

Wasco, Oregon – John Day River – Winter Steelhead – December through March 31

north river drift boat on the John Day River
North River Drift Boat on the John Day River

Steelhead are available from early December through the end of March. These acrobatic and hard fighting fish come from the Pacific Ocean with an unwavering spirit and aggressive attitude.

Grant Putnam makes sure we are fishing for the Steelhead with the best G-Loomis ultra light tackle from a beautiful 20 foot North River Drift Boat, equipped with heaters and hand warmers for your comfort. All tackle is provided such as rods, reels and bait.

The John Day River is our newest fishery and is a scenic East of the Cascades River with a variety of rapids, pocket water and long flats that hold Steelhead for us all to enjoy. During other times of year we will enjoy a world famous Bass fishery on The John Day River.

The Dalles, Oregon – Deschutes River – Summer Steelhead – July 7 through October 31

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North River Jet Sled on Lower Deschutes River, Oregon

The Deschutes River is the place to be if hard fighting summer steelhead are what you desire. This fishing destination will awe you with its ride up the river to what is probably the best steelhead fishing in the west. July through October is prime time to pursue these magnificent fish.

Grant Putnam and Pete Field, the guides at Deschutes River Guides, can make your trip to the Deschutes the adventure of a lifetime. The lower 100 miles of this wild and scenic river flows from Pelton Dam to its confluence with the Columbia River. We specialize in the lower 24 miles of the river, from Macks Canyon to the mouth. The ride up the Deschutes alone is worth the trip. The scenery and running class 4 rapids along with world class fishing makes it a trip of a lifetime.

The mouth of the Deschutes is usually where your trip begins. Access is limited on the water to either floating downstream in a drift boat or going upstream in a jet boat. Once up on this section of the river there is room to fish and enjoy this scenic section of the Deschutes River Canyon. The summer steelhead are typically willing to take your fly or lure aggressively and will provide spectacular battles.

Our guides are experts at both fly fishing and gear fishing. We have the equipment and people so we can accommodate a trip for one to twelve people. Contact us and we can find a day for you to fish that meets your schedule.

Siletz, Oregon – Siletz River – Winter Steelhead – December through March 31

Beautiful Day Fishing the Siletz River for Winter Steelhead
Beautiful Day Fishing the Siletz River for Winter Steelhead

Winter Steelhead are available on the Siletz River from early December through the end of March. These acrobatic and hard fighting fish come from the Pacific Ocean with an unwavering spirit and aggressive attitude.

Grant Putnam makes sure we are fishing for the Winter Steelhead with the best G-Loomis ultra light tackle from a beautiful 20 foot North River Drift Boat equipped with heaters and hand warmers for your comfort. All tackle is provided such as rods, reels and bait.

The Siletz River is a scenic Oregon Coastal River with a variety of rapids, pocket water and long flats that hold Winter Steelhead for us all to enjoy. During other times of year we will see Salmon and Cut-throat Trout in The Siletz River.

ODFW Crab Fishing Measurement

ODFW Recreational Crab Fishing Measurement
ODFW Recreational Crab Fishing Measurement
Learn the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Crab Fishing Measurement:

With a Crab Gauge, measure all male Dungeness crab retained. A male crab has a “V” shape on the underside. A female has a round shape on their underside.

Only retain the male Dungeness crab that are 5 3/4 inches across the back (Not including the spines) or wider.

When measuring make sure you measure in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including the last points.

Crabbing Trips – Hammond, Oregon

Crabbing Trips in Oregon
$110 Per Person To Enjoy Fresh Dunginess Crab To Your Hearts Delight!
During October through November we offer crabbing trips near Astoria, Oregon. These trips are great for everyone, including children, because they are shorter in duration but offer big rewards.

Enjoy this adventure with your family and friends or take this opportunity to entertain clients with this unique experience. We are able to take single groups with up to 6 people or multiple boat trips, all with licensed guides.

For $110 per person you can enjoy your limit of fresh Dunginess Crab. We bait the crab pots and all go out to place them in the lower Columbia River in a 26 foot North River Jet Sled. We’ll then take a couple hour break. You can see the sites, enjoy breakfast and the beautiful area.

We’ll then meet back to pull up the pots. You’ll learn how to identify where we left our pots in the vast waterways of The Columbia River. We’ll pull your bounty from the river and measure each crab for keepers.

We’ll then return back to the dock to have your catch cooked, cleaned and put on ice for you.

 

Each person’s limit is 12 crab. Getting your limit is the norm in this crabbing fishery. The best time to do these trips are late October through the Month of November. When limits are attained on these trips you’ll be taking home about $100 in crab per person.

Make sure you are comfortable for your trip. Wear layers and good rain gear to keep warm and dry. Rubber boots are always a good idea because cold, wet feet can really be uncomfortable.

You can book morning or afternoon trips so if you aren’t an early riser an afternoon trip can be a good option.

Dunginess crab is some of the tastiest. There is a very short season before the commercial fishermen come into the area so join us now.

For more information on arranging a crabbing trip for you and your family, friends or business associates, give us a call at or reach us through our website.

Columbia River – Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing – April through mid May

north river jet sledThe trip with Grant Putnam takes place in a 26 foot North River Scout with ample room for 6 guests and all of their gear. We provide all tackle, G-Loomis fishing rods, and Diawa reels.

The seasons are set just a few days before fishing begins because there are 3 authorities responsible for deciding the opening and closing dates. This is why our dates are a bit vague. (Yes, a bit of bureaucracy in the Fishing for a Living industry too.)

We were expecting more than 400,000 Spring Chinook this year making this the highest estimates since 1968. We also expect these high volume returns for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. These fish are born in the tributaries of the Columbia River then go out to the Pacific Ocean off of the coastal reaches of Southern Alaska and Canada. They spend 2 to 3 years maturing and growing for their journey back to the Columbia River. These fish are destined for all the tributaries of the Columbia River.

The Spring Chinook has the highest Omega-3 Fatty Acids content of any other Salmon making them among the top 3 best easting Salmon available.  If you are looking for health benefits for your day off to fish, In 2002, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement, “Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease,” on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart function (including antiarrhythmic effects), hemodynamics (cardiac mechanics) and arterial endothelial function. The link between omega-3 fatty acids and CVD risk reduction are still being studied, but research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids

  1. decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death
  2. decrease triglyceride levels
  3. decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
  4. lower blood pressure (slightly)

It is recommended that we eat fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week.  Fish is a good source of protein and doesn’t have the high saturated fat that fatty meat products do.  Fatty fish like salmon are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Astoria, Oregon – Columbia River Bouy 10 – Chinook & Coho Salmon – August 20 through September 7

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Nice Bouy 10 Catch for Dinner!

2009 estimates for returns to the Columbia River are 1.1 million to 1.2 million Coho Salmon and 300,000 Chinook Salmon. I expect to have 40 to 50 fish hook-up days during this fishery so this is going to be your fishery if you want to put Salmon on your table. It’s going to be a gas! Your day will consist of fishing from Tongue Point to Bouy 10 depending on the day and the tides. The fish will be fresh from the ocean on their journey back from the Coastal reaches of Alaska and Canada, in good numbers by the 15th of August through the first 2 weeks in September.

Grant Putnam typically fishes with 6 people per day in a 26 foot North River Scout with ample room for 6 guests and all of their gear. We provide all tackle, G-Loomis fishing rods, and Diawa reels.

The Columbia Estuary is a great fishery for experienced fisherman and beginners alike.
Corporate Outings, Men, Women and Children all enjoy the simple yet active fishing experience.

Astoria is a historic port with nautical appeal both on the water as well as in the town. Along
with some excellent restaurants, Silver Salmon Grille and T. Paul’s Urban café, Astoria hosts a number of events throughout the year.

May 10th through October 4th Astoria holds a Sunday Market where a 3 block stretch of 12th
street downtown features over a hundred vendors, all of whom have grown or made what they are offering for sale.

June 19th – 28th you can catch Astoria’s festival of music which features operatic, symphonic,
and chamber music performances at the historic Liberty Theater.

Finally, June 19th – 21st you will be able to experience the Midsummer Scandinavian Festival, three days of dancing, music, food, trolls and colorful costumes. (Wow, this Scandinavian Festival sounds like it could be legit fun. We’re combining trolls and alcohol here people, give it a chance.)

There are also quite a few museums and historic sights including the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Firefighters Museum with a Children’s Museum on the second floor.

Astoria, Oregon – Columbia Estuary – Sturgeon Fishing – Mid May through July 1

Grant with Brock & His First sturgeon on the columbia river
Grant with Brock & His First sturgeon!

The Columbia Estuary provides Grant Putnam and you arguably the finest keeper Sturgeon fishing in the country. A typical day could include up to 50 hook-ups with most days resulting in keeper Sturgeon (45 to 60 inches in length) for all guests the day of the trip.

The trip will take place in a 26 foot North River Scout with ample room for 6 guests and all of their gear. We provide all tackle, G-Loomis fishing rods, and Diawa reels.

Sturgeon in the lower Columbia Estuary are probably the most active and acrobatic Sturgeon that are caught. We fish for these Sturgeons not only in
depths of 25 to 50 feet but also in the shallows in 3 to 5 feet of water.  In the lower Estuary the food source for Sturgeon includes clams, shrimp, anchovies, smelt and many other muscles available in the Estuary. This makes Sturgeon
one of the finest dining fish available today.

The Columbia Estuary is a great fishery for experienced fisherman and beginners alike. Corporate Outings, Men, Women and Children all enjoy this simple yet active fishing experience.

Astoria is a historic port with nautical appeal both on the water as well as in the town. Along with some excellent restaurants, Silver Salmon Grille and T. Paul’s Urban café, Astoria hosts a number of events throughout the year.

May 10th through October 4th Astoria holds a Sunday Market where a 3 block stretch of 12th street downtown features over a hundred vendors, all of whom have grown or made what they are offering for sale.

June 19th – 28th you can catch Astoria’s festival of music which features operatic, symphonic, and chamber music performances at the historic Liberty Theater.

Finally, June 19th – 21st you will be able to experience the Midsummer Scandinavian Festival, three days of dancing, music, food, trolls and colorful costumes. (Wow, Trolls!? This Scandinavian Festival sounds like it could be legit fun. We’re combining trolls and alcohol here people, give it a chance.)

There are also quite a few museums and historic sights including the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Firefighters Museum with a Children’s Museum on the second floor.

Summer Fishing Adventures in Oregon

Summer Steelhead Fishing Deschutes RiverNow fishing the The Deschutes River for Summer Steelhead near The Dalles, Oregon. Summer Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes River continues through the end of October. There are a few days open.

Also check out our Wine and Cheese Tasting Jet Boat Tours on the Deschutes River. Get more information at Great Outdoor Adventures.

Book your Bouy 10 fishing trip now. Grant has a few dates still available. The Bouy 10 season is from August 6th through September 16th. We fish for Chinook and Coho Salmon in the Lower Columbia River system out of Astoria, Oregon. We are expecting 1.6 million adult salmon this year. Chinook and Coho are some of the finest eating salmon you’ll ever have!

Let us design a trip to include adventures for your family, friends or business associates.

At Grant’s Outdoor Adventures we offer year-round activities for young and old, novice to expert. Our goal in this business is to provide you with a quality down home experience while having fun, enjoying the great outdoors and making new friends or fostering existing relationships.

We take pride in assuring that you get the best opportunity to catch a fish or take a trophy game animal while making your hunting or fishing trip a great experience.

Grant Putnam specializes in fishing trips on the water ways of Oregon and hunting trips on a private Oregon ranch. We gladly customize exclusive hunting, fishing, camping, video or photography excursions to suit your needs and visions of the perfect adventure. Grant offers single or multiple day trips for individuals or groups.