Columbia River Sturgeon fishing offers an amazing combination of scenic beauty with the ability to catch huge fish. We guided Sturgeon fishing charters in the lower 140 miles of river from Astoria, Oregon at the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Opportunities are seasonal and each location offers a different experience. Take a look around and contact us on our Questions & Reservations page or give us a call to allow me to help guide you in the right direction for your Columbia River Sturgeon fishing trip.
Sturgeon are available in both the Columbia and Willamette throughout the first half of the calendar year. These fish are known for their tender white meet and offer anglers with fairly consistent activity. Seasons change from year to year so you’ll need to call or email to see what the availability will be for the times you’re considering.
The Columbia River is famous for its oversize sturgeon. Some of these fish will way in excess of several hundred pounds, while a typical fish is in the 125 pound class. These fish have mouths the size of hubcaps and can really pull as you can imagine. Fighting belts and big time gear is the only way to take on these fish. I have people come from all over the country to test their metal against these trophy size sturgeon and have yet to see anyone less than impressed upon seeing these giants for the first time.
The Columbia River estuary in Astoria provides sturgeon anglers with some of the best sturgeon fishing of the year. The estuary sturgeon provides fishermen with the opportunity to catch fish in as little as a couple feet of water as they move up on flats in search of clams. An incredible amount of water is available and often you’ll huge numbers of fish with no one in site. Fish that can be kept are what most people are after, but we’ll also regularly hook fish 6, 7 and 8 feet long. For more on this great fishery, please visit my Astoria Estuary Sturgeon Fishing page.
For a period of a about a month after the area below Bonneville opens again fishing can be borderline clinical. Many of these fish haven’t seen baits in months due to the summer closure and have flocked to the area to feed on the dying Columbia River Salmon. Because of the brief window, this isn’t as popular of a fishery, but can be just as productive as any of the years sturgeon fisheries.
For any questions you might have, or to simply book a trip, contact us on our questions & reservations page, or call (503) 680-6809.