Your guide, Jess Zerfing, was born and raised in the small City of Cascade Locks, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge which is known for great fishing. Jess grew up on the banks of the mighty Columbia River and knows it well. At the age of 11 he was fishing for Salmon on the river and spent most of his time doing just that. As Jess grew up, he started looking at other fish this great river has to offer, and at the age of 16, he started fishing for Sturgeon. He has caught many Sturgeon over 9 feet long before the age of 18. for the next 10 years of his life, he would take many friends fishing and show them the true treasures of catching big fish. He loved watching people catch fish and the reactions they had when they caught their first salmon. He loved it so much, that he decided to become a fishing guide and started his own business; Always Catchin’ Fishing Charters.
Jess works closely with many big businesses in the gorge, such as Skamania Lodge. He was featured in a radio program that aired live from Skamania Lodge. Mr. Brian Wright, Co-Host for the Outdoor Guys (ESPN Hot Talk Radio 1510) from Kansas City went fishing with Jess and spoke all about his fishing trip live on the radio from Skamania Lodge.
Columbia River Salmon Fishing