Columbia River Sturgeon fishing offers an amazing combination of scenic beauty with the ability to catch huge fish. We guide Sturgeon fishing charters in the lower 140 miles of river from the mouth in Astoria, Oregon, 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 us to help guide you in the right direction for your Columbia River Sturgeon fishing trip.
While Portland may be known for its Spring Chinook Salmon, the next few months provide some good opportunities to wrangle bigger fish – sturgeon. We’ll be running trips for catch and release sturgeon in the Portland area through May before following the fish down to Astoria where the most action-packed fishing of the year takes place during trophy sturgeon fishing in the mouth of the Columbia River.
Sturgeon are available in both the Columbia and Willamette throughout the first half of the calendar year. This fishery is catch and release, but provides some great action. During Springer season, we often fish for both species during the same trip.
The Columbia River is famous for its oversize sturgeon. Some of these fish will weigh 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 as you can imagine, can really pull. 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 provide fishermen with the opportunity to catch fish in as little as a five feet of water as they move up on flats in search of clams. An incredible amount of water is available and often you’ll hook numbers of fish with no other boats in sight. We’ll 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 about a month, the area below Bonneville opens again and 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 year’s sturgeon fisheries.
For any questions you might have, or to simply book a trip, feel free to contact us on our questions & reservations page.