SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP By: wfn Dan Ponciano - Columbia River Fishing Meet Dan Ponciano of Columbia River Fishing How long have you been a guide? I’ve been guiding professionally now for almost 20 years. What species of fish do you primarily target? Depending on the time of year, we’ll target sturgeon, salmon, and steelhead. What’s your peak season? March to October is definitely our busiest time of the year. It tends to slow down a bit from November to February, but during that time, you can find some great sturgeon fishing. I’m on the water pretty much year-round. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? One of the most important things that I’ve learned is that camaraderie between you and your fellow guides is key. You need to create a network and have friends on the water that can help you out in a jam, and offer advice if you need it. You also need to be able to get along with all types of anglers, as you’re going to be interacting with different people on a consistent basis. What’s your most memorable fishing story from your time as a guide? I can remember one trip when, over the course of an eight hour day, we brought in 17 oversized sturgeon. We had two rods going, and the sturgeon ranged in weight from 300 – 600 lbs. It was incredible. What equipment do you use? We offer G. Loomis rods, Shimano reels, and all kinds of different baits. My boat is a custom-made 24-foot North River Scout that can carry up to six people. It has tons of room and is very comfortable, and it’s completely outfitted for fishing at any time of the year, including winter fishing. Do you have any fishing trips on your ‘bucket list?’ I’d absolutely love to go tarpon fishing. I’d say that’s the main one.