About Us

Kayak Fishing Oregon is a kayak fishing instruction and local guide service based out of Portland, Oregon. We are dedicated to promoting kayak fishing as an excellent alternative to traditional boat and bank fishing.

Whether you are already familiar with kayak fishing and are looking for new techniques, an experienced fisher whose never tried fishing from a kayak or a beginner to kayaks, fishing, or both…let Kayak Fishing Oregon be your guide to the exciting world of kayak fishing!

About Your Guide

Michael RischerMichael Rischer has been living in Portland, Oregon for the last 14 years. He spent his early years alternating between homes in Seal Beach, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Both locations provided ample opportunities for sport and adventure.

Michael began fishing as a young boy with his father. Freshwater, saltwater, and fly-fishing were topics of many a fishing lesson from Michael’s father, Carl, a lifelong fisherman and college biology professor/author. These lessons using a spinning rod and reel combo gave Michael solid groundwork on which to build his own fishing experiences.

Michael is a prolific fisherman, targeting Chinook and Coho Salmon, Trout, Steelhead, Rockfish, Lingcod, Flatfish, Sturgeon, Bass, Walleye, and Crab.

He is a member of the Hobie fishing team, Next Adventure fishing team, Stohlquist Ambassador, Daiwa fishing team, Yakima Bait pro-staff, Lamiglas pro-staff, Korkers pro-staff, Rat-L-Trap pro-staff, Fisherman’s Marine pro-staff, KoneZone pro-staff, Lowrance pro-staff, GoPro pro-staff and Hobie Polarized pro-staff.

He’s also a member of the Northwest Kayak Anglers (NWKA) online kayak fishing forum, NorCal Kayak Anglers (NCKA), and Hobie Fishing forum and also enjoys competing and promoting local tournaments.

Always the outdoor adventurist, Michael did not stop at fishing. He found other ways to enjoy the outdoors he loved so much: surfing, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. But fishing has always been a constant.

Currently, Michael lives within 10 minutes of Portland’s three major rivers. He can be found most weekends pedaling rivers for new fishing areas and educating other outdoor enthusiasts about the benefits and sheer joy of fishing from a Hobie.


First Place – Oregon Rockfish Classic

Depoe Bay, Oregon. Caught the 1st Place winning rockfish at 19lbs 4oz and length of 37.5″ We had 68 anglers competing this year from as far away as Texas.

Here’s me with the 1st place winning Lingcod weighing 19.25 lbs and measuring 37.5″. I was so happy landing this huge Lingcod late in the tournament. Thank’s so much to the 68 kayak fishermen that participated in this year’s tournament and also to our sponsors at NWKA, Next Adventure, and Ocean Kayaks.

Fifth Place – NWKA Angler of the Year Tournament

Angler of the Year Tournament is a year-long tournament sponsored by Northwest Kayak Anglers (NWKA) in which kayak anglers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska compete to earn the most points for a variety of targeted species.

First Place – Cape Disappointment Dungie Tournament

Capt Disappointment, Washington. Dungeness crab fishing tournament.

Gear & Sponsors

My buddy, Cody Herman, from Comcast Sportsnet’s Outdoor GPS television show dropped by the Next Adventure booth last night at the Northwest Sportsman’s Expo. He brought along his film crew and asked me to give him a brief overview of the fishing gear I use.

Hobie Kayaks

Check out my first sail on Hobie’s new Pro Angler 12. Lite sporadic winds, but very stable. It’s nice to be able to pedal if the wind isn’t blowing or you’re trying to get repositioned in the wind. I had a great time chillin’ at the Blues Festival this year in a Hobie Pro Angler 12. This boat turns on a dime!

This video should give you an idea of the new features that come with Hobie Pro Angler. It should also give you some idea of how the new Speed drains work that come standard and all new Hobie Revolutions, Adventures Islands, and Sports.

Don’t miss this weekend’s Northwest Sportsman’s Expo at the Portland Expo Center. I’ll be there at the Next Adventure booth answering questions with fellow Hobie teammates. Drop by and say hi, share your latest fishing story, and book a guide service at the same time!

Daiwa Rods and Reels


A huge thanks to Daiwa and Mark Landry of Maschmedt and Associates for your sponsorship with KFO and our upcoming Hobie First Cast kayak fishing classes with Next Adventure.

We just received 12 Daiwa Revros LT spinning reels and Daiwa North Coast SS rods for our salmon & steelhead kayak fishing classes. Daiwa Revros LT is the best steelhead spinning reel in my experience. For more info message me here at KFO or contact Next Adventure for dates.

Yakima Bait Co.

kayakfishingoregon-5939497A huge shoutout to Yakima Bait Co. for all the support they’re showing to me and the kayak fishing industry.

Not only does Yakima Bait bring us the world’s best tackle, but these are some of the coolest guys in the industry.

Look for lots more exciting stuff happening between us in the next few weeks.

Angler Innovations

kayakfishingoregon-8324329A special thanks to Angler Innovations and their amazing products to help anglers catch more salmon.

These Dick’s Sure Spin herring helmets and Long Linners are just a few of their amazing products available to anglers around the world.


SPRO Fishing Tackle

kayakfishingoregon-3449261Just wanted to give a special shoutout to SPRO for the awesome tackle they shared with us at Kayak Fishing Oregon.

It’s such a huge honor having such big sponsors like SPRO involved in the kayak fishing community. There is a reason why our sport continues to be the fastest-growing segment of fishing worldwide year after year.

Please check out their tackle online and order at a fishing and tackle shop near you.

Konezone Flashers

kayakfishingoregon-5732918I wanted to give a special thanks to Konezone Flashers for their support over the years to kayak fishing in the Northwest.

Look for these during the Spring Chinook and the Buoy 10 fisheries.

Instruction & Guide Services

Whether you’re an experienced angler just looking for a few hours of targeted species instruction or completely new to kayak fishing, my goal is to help you decrease the learning curve, so you can spend more time kayak fishing and crabbing.

  • Full day – Portland Area: 6 hours of fishing on the Willamette, Clackamas, or Columbia Rivers.
  • Full day – Oregon Coast: 7 hours of Rockfish fishing or crabbing along the scenic Oregon Coast.

Please join me and Next Adventure with Hobie First Cast Kayak Fishing classes. Kayak Fishing Oregon and Next Adventure have teamed up to kick off the Pacific Northwest’s first kayak fishing school to help new anglers get a chance to fish from a Hobie kayak for their first time.

Next Adventure will also let you apply the fees from this class towards the purchase of a brand-new Hobie kayak. Please check out the attached link. Signup quickly as classes are already selling out.


If you would like more information about guided trips with Kayak Fishing Oregon, please drop me a line.

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