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Astoria Estuary Sturgeon Fishing

sturgeon fishing in the astoria estuary

The best sturgeon fishing of the year on the Columbia River happens in the Astoria Estuary. Sturgeon converge on the area from June through September to gorge themselves on the bait fish that invade the estuary during the summer. The season to keep sturgeon is usually from the end of May into early June. After the closure, incredible catch and release fishing can be had well into September. All the fish with none of the fishing pressure equals a lot of fun.

*2022 Astoria Sturgeon Fishing Season*

The 2022 dates for Columbia River Sturgeon retention in Astoria were just announced. This year we’ll be able to keep sturgeon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from May 11th through June 4th, plus Memorial Day, which is May 30th. June 4th is a free fishing day, so no need to purchase a license to fish the final day of the season! Legal catch length is 44-50”, measured from the nose of the fish to the fork of the tail, with a 1 fish daily limit. This short season gives anglers the opportunity to battle some big fish, and hopefully take one home at the end of the trip. 

The Astoria Estuary certainly holds incredible numbers of sturgeon, but the main reason I love to guide trips for these fish is because the shallow water action provides my customers an incredible experience. We will regularly catch fish in 3-6 feet of water on light tackle. Now that’s fun!

Astoria sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River with guide Lance Fisher
Whether you’re interested in coming for a day or several days, please visit the links below to help plan your trip By all means, please call or contact me with any questions or to simply reserve your date/dates. For those of you looking to fish multiple days, there are several months available to do combo Sturgeon and Salmon trips.

Astoria Salmon Fishing- Buoy 10

Astoria Ocean Charters

Places to stay while fishing in Astoria

Recommended Restaurants in Astoria

Things to do in and around Astoria

For any questions you might have about Astoria Estuary Sturgeon Fishing, or to simply book a trip, simply contact me.