- $179 for a six-to-10-hour steelhead or salmon fishing charter for two ($400 value)
Nichols Guide & Charter
Enthralled by the rugged and lush landscape that surrounded him, Steve Nichols wanted to find a way to connect with the natural beauty when he moved to Oregon back in 1993. He bought himself a drift boat, and headed out into the North Umpqua River and the Elk River. A few years later, he took on a jet sled, and started fishing for sturgeon and salmon that swim the Charleston and Winchester Bay.
More than two decades later, he leads fishing expeditions year-round, helping seasoned pros and fishing newbies reel in catches. Spring through Fall, charters set out to cast lines for halibut, albacore tuna, rockfish, ling cod, and cabezon, depending on the time of year. There's also of plentitude of chinook salmon fishing on the lower Umpqua, and ocean salmon charters that take place May through September.