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W.E. Coates
Guide Service



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About Our Pro Fishing Guides

  Wade - Pro Fishing Guide

Wade Coates

My love of fishing began nearly 40 years ago as a youngster fishing lakes, ponds, and the ocean in Southern California. After moving to Washington State in 1978, I began spending countless hours year around with a good friend of mine Chris Dunmire, who got me hooked on fishing the beautiful rivers all across Washington.

Over the past 30 years I have honed my skills to be very successful at catching two of the most sought after fish in the Pacific Northwest . . . Salmon and Steelhead.

I enjoy spending time on the water and helping people in the pursuit of Salmon and Steelhead. While our focus is to catch fish we also like to enjoy the peace, relaxation and beauty of the waters we fish.

"I have really enjoyed fishing with Wade Coates from the Snake River, Cowlitz and Olympic Peninsula over the last 15 years. Wade has a safety conscious approach on the water and is very adept at catching fish. I own a business and my time is valuable, when I am on the water with Wade it's 'Fish On, Game Over!'" - Scott Steckler, ABC Sun Control, Inc.

"I have spent most of my lifetime fishin the rivers. To those fishermen who are looking for a good guide for steelhead & salmon, I highly recommend W.E. Coates Guide Service. I had a great experience fishing with him. He is very professional, kind and courteous. Believe me when I tell you, if there are fish in the river, he is the one to call. May your experience be as great as mine." - Mr. Lucio Rocha, Olympia, WA

  Charlie - Pro Fishing Guide

Charlie Johnston

I have known Charlie for many years since we met at one of our favorite fisheries, fishing springers on the lower Columbia River.

Charlie was having some trouble with his brand new boat and I helped him get it back up and running at the boat launch. Afterwards we exchanged phone numbers and during the drive home Charlie gave me a call to thank me again for helping him and we talked as if we had been friends for years. That’s the kind of guy Charlie is.

We have been friends ever since and I have had the opportunity to share some time with Charlie and his family and know that outside of being a loving and dedicated father, husband and friend, Charlie is a dedicated and passionate fisherman and it is a blessing that his wife understands and supports this.

I would have to flip a coin to decide which one of us loves to being out on the water fishing more. In addition to passion and years of experience, Charlie also has experience as a successful guide and I welcome him to the team.

"As one of the owners of LeeLock Anchor Systems, I have had the chance to fish with several of the best guides in the business. Charlie Johnston is one of them. What separates Charlie from the rest is his operation as a whole. Having top notch equipment, an organized boat and a deck hand to insure you have a ready to go rod in your hand at "ALL" times. I find it to be key to a great time fishing and catching fish. With knowledge, a great attitude and what I've mentioned makes Charlie of W.E. Coates Guide Service a great choice for a day of fishing. He is at the very top of my list and a #1 guy in my pro staff. Check him out." - Lee Blake, Owner LeeLock Anchor Systems

  PJ - Pro Fishing Guide

Phil (PJ) Misley

PJ and his cousin Chris introduced me to the Pacific Northwest Rivers and salmon and steelhead fishing. I grew up fishing with PJ and Chris and there is no greater sense of confidence you can have in someone than those you grew up with.

PJ and his family love being in the outdoors and he has spent many years fishing, hunting and vacationing in his cabin on the Olympic Peninsula.

It would be hard to find someone who has more knowledge of the rivers in the area than PJ. Many a time growing up fishing with PJ, he gave me the opportunity to fish ahead of him in some prime spots only to have him bat cleanup and come behind me and catch the fish I missed. But he would take time and show me what he was using and how to fish it so I could be more successful the next time. You remember those things. And I continue to learn from PJ to this day. My confidence in his knowledge and experience make him the perfect guide to welcome to the team.

"I have fished from Alaska to Willapa Bay, the Cowlitz , Wynoochee, Hoh, Queet’s, Puyallup, Sol Duc, Snake, North, Nasalle, Calawah, and Salmon River’s to name a few with Phil Misley! With his 35+ years of experience and his LOVE of fishing and the outdoors, you WON'T find a better guide to take your next fishing adventure with! Thank you Phil for all the GREAT memories on our fishing trips!" - Chris Dunmire, Sales Professional for Poulsbo RV




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Our Current Fishing Schedule:

October-November: King and Coho Salmon in Grays Harbor, Chehalis, Willapa, Cowlitz and Columbia River systems, and the Olympic Peninsula Rivers

November-April: Coho Salmon/Winter Steelhead in Grays Harbor, Chehalis, Willapa, Cowlitz and Columbia River Systems, and the Olympic Peninsula Rivers

Boats: 25' Alumaweld Columbia, 23' Super Vee, and 18' Clackacraft driftboat