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North River Scout Salt Patrol

North River Scout

I was in the market for an open 19-20 ft open boat to handle our river and lake fishing assignment’s along with a backup Puget Sound boat when the Seahawk O/S is on the moored on the coast. About the time I was going to talk to North River about possibility of ordering a new Scout a friend came to me and told me he was selling his North River Scout.


The Boat had just been repowered with a 150HP tiller prop outboard and a 9.9 kicker. The Scout was in great shape and was loaded and is now part of the Salt Patrol fleet. The North River Scout is the premier welded aluminum open fishing guide boat in the NW and features stable 360-degree fishability.


The boat has a Titian tiller assist steering and an auto pilot on the 9.9 kicker. She is also setup with a 24V battery bank in the front for an electric trolling motor. She is equipped with two sliding seats on storage boxes and one pedestal seat. There is a large fish box with wash down hose and in floor fuel tank. My Scout has LED deck lights and there is even a remote-controlled spotlight that can mount in the bow running light socket to make getting out on the water early much safer. She rides on an EZ loader tandem axle galvanized trailer with hydraulic/electric disc brakes.

I customized her to handle my fishing needs by adding a Lowrance HDS Live 9” with a 3-1 transducer in the port side instrument box. I also added two Scotty 2106 downriggers for lake trolling.

I then went to Fish Fighter Products for help setting her up. They provided two Tackle Tenders on sliders bars with QRS Rod Riser next to the front seats. At the stern we added two rod risers with Tackle Tenders giving the boat many options for different fishing needs. I also installed a Fish Fighter Products Breakaway CR Anchor and their removable Extreme Duty anchor caddy. I can later add the interchangeable electric trolling motor mount when we have a need for stealth.


My new Salt Patrol North River Scout is now sporting a new Yakima Bait boat wrap featuring the all new YBC Spinfish lure. She is ready for Columbia River springers, fall kings or trolling lakes for kokanee or trout.