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Master Washington Fishing Guide - Eli Rico   offers Washington fishing charters on Washington's most popular rivers and lakes. Washington fishing guides from the Puget Sound to the Idaho border and on the Olympic Peninsula, the Columbia River and all the popular area rivers.  Eli Rico is one of the most well-rounded Washington Fishing Guides!  Throughout the year he fishes Oregon and Washington for Salmon, Steelhead, Walleye, Trout, Bass and Sturgeon on Washington fisheries ranging from the Olympic Peninsula to the Northern tributaries of the Columbia River. Eli guides Oregon and Washington fishing clients more than 300 days a year. He fishes Salmon and Steelhead on the Snohomish / Skykomish River system, the Quillayute River system and Olympic Peninsula (including the Hoh, Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Queets and mainstem Queets rivers), the Columbia River systems (including tributary fisheries like the Cowlitz, Klickitat, Wind and Yakima rivers) and the Chehalis River system. He also fishes Trout and Salmon in Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington; walleye, sturgeon and smallmouth bass on the middle Columbia River. Eli is commonly featured on the Northwest Wild Country Radio, Washington Fishing & Hunting News, Game and Fish and Salmon, Trout & Steelheader - Oregon Fishing Washington Fishing Guides

354,000 fish Return Forecast for 2010


We offer Salmon, Steelhead, Trout and Sturgeon charters for trips on our most popular rivers, streams and lakes. From the Puget Sound to the Snake River and on the Olympic Peninsula, the Columbia River and all the popular area rivers including the Columbia River an Cowlitz Rivers. Call now for a Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon or Trout fishing trip with Eli Rico - one of the top fishing guides in Washington State

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Hotshot Guide Service

Although I am based in Kirkland (near Seattle), I spend over 250 nights a year on the road traveling to the fish.  I am not tied to a certain river system - I travel to the best place in the Washington to put my clients in best spot at the time of their fishing trip!

This mean's your Washington fishing trip with Hotshot Guide Service and Eli Rico will be at the right place and the right time to yield a memorable fishing experience - more hookups and more fish in the boat.

We offer Washington guide trips for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout and Sturgeon fishing. 

 We offer:


Steelhead Trips


Salmon Trips


Sturgeon Trips


Trout Fly Fishing Trips


On Water Classes - Reading Water, new techniques or boat handling


Corporate Fishing Discounts

Fishing, flyfishing and  fishing charters on Washington's most popular fishing rivers, streams and lakes. From the Olympic Peninsula to the Columbia River and on the Cowlitz River, the Skykomish River and all the popular area fishing rivers including the Northern stretch of the Columbia at Vernita and Hanford Reach. Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon or Trout fishing trips and charters

Washington Fishing Guides Favorite Rivers

Cowlitz River   

Just a few hours drive South of Seattle - is the very popular Cowlitz River.  The Cowlitz routinely ranks as one of the top fishing rivers in Washington for Winter Steelhead, Spring Chinook, Summer Steelhead and Fall Silvers and Kings...

Most action for Steelhead is based around the Blue Creek area just below the Steelhead Hatchery - Steelhead fishing is found throughout the river.

Salmon Fishing is also found throughout the river, but can also concentrate in numbers near the Salmon Hatchery higher up in the river

Skykomish River   

About and hour Northeast of Seattle - is the Skykomish River.  The "Sky" is a popular local fishing river - producing Winter Steelhead normally just after Thanksgiving and Trophy wild Steelhead up to 30 pounds in late winter.  A spring Chinook run is now available in June.  Summer Steelhead is very popular as are the fall runs of Silvers, Kings and Chum Salmon.

Columbia River     

For most of it's length the Columbia serves as the border between Oregon and Washington.   Nearly year round fishing opportunities are found on the Columbia. 

The Spring Chinook Salmon fishing run is looked upon with much anticipation by Washington anglers!  The " Springers" arrive in April or May and don't lay their eggs until fall.  They are comparable to the Copper River Salmon in the high concentration of body fat to sustain them throughout the Spring and Summer Months!  Sturgeon are found throughout the river as they follow their food sources from the mouth at Astoria to the Bonneville Dam.  Steelhead and Salmon runs follow the Spring Chinook Salmon fishing through late December!

Olympic Peninsula  

The most beautiful portion of the state offering some of the hottest Steelhead Fishing, Trout fishing and Salmon fishing.. Remote and unspoiled.  The Olympic Peninsula is a diverse blend of climates and natural wonders. Jutting out of the northwest corner the state, it comprises some of the richest and most undeveloped forestland in Washington.

See what our customers have to say!

"I have fished with many guides and charters from Florida to Alaska over the years, and now fish exclusively with Eli Rico - owner of Hotshot Guide Services.

When fishing with some guides, you feel you are just a number and their only duty is to get you on and off the water and sometimes get fish - with Eli, you feel that he really enjoys seeing his customers catch fish and that at the end of the day - you are a friend, not just a listing in a database. 

Eli is extremely knowledgeable of local fishing waters and very innovative in developing new methods to increase customer catch rates.  

Eli is also a great fishing teacher and is not afraid to share his fishing techniques and fishing knowledge with you, I have learned a great deal fishing with him and learn something new on each fishing trip!"  

Dan Hodge, President Bowers Power Systems

Dam Fish Counts

Washington River Conditions

bullet Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers
bullet Willapa Bay Rivers
bullet Chehalis Rivers
bullet West Olympic Rivers
bullet North Olympic Rivers
bullet East Olympic Rivers
bullet Skokomish River
bullet Nisqually River
bullet South Puget Sound Rivers
bullet Puyallup River
bullet Green River
bullet Lake Washington Rivers
bullet Snoqualmie/Snohomish River
bullet Stillaguamish River
bullet Skagit River
bullet Nooksack River
bullet Upper (US) Columbia River
bullet Spokane River
bullet Okanogan and Methow Rivers
bullet Chelan and Wenatchee Rivers
bullet Central Columbia River
bullet Yakima River
bullet Snake River
bullet Lower Columbia River


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