Columbia River- Salmon and Sturgeon Openers

happy man holding a columbia river sturgeon

Columbia Keeper Sturgeon

ODFW and WDFW ‘s announcement today added 2 days for Sturgeon retention on the Columbia River, from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River. The open dates are Saturday, October 19th, and Thursday, October 24th. Keeper size is 44-50 inches from nose to the fork in the tail, with a daily limit of 1 sturgeon. A fish that size takes up a lot of freezer space 🙂 The next Keeper Sturgeon dates may not be until the spring of 2020. Let us know if you’d like to get out while it’s still 2019.

Columbia River Coho Salmon 

Coho Salmon Double on the Columbia River

On another note, the Columbia River re-opens for Coho Salmon fishing on October 18th. While it’s news, it’s not a big deal as very little fishing for Coho on the mainstream below Bonneville exists. Above Bonneville, a few locations exist, but it remains to be seen if the B run will actually show up. The river will be open for Coho angling from Tongue/Rocky Point upstream to The Dalles Dam, with the best fishing potential near the mouth of the Klickitat. If you’d like to get out a little closer to Portland, we expect to be fishing for Chinook and Coho Salmon on the Lewis River through Thanksgiving.

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to book a trip. We’re here to help you in any way that we can.