Columbia River Sturgeon
Columbia river Sturgeon fishing Guides and Sturgeon fishing
charters on the Columbia River
Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River offers all types of
Sturgeon. Catch Keeper Sturgeon, Trophy Sturgeon, White Sturgeon and Green
Sturgeon. Columbia River Sturgeon fishing guides know where the fish are all
year long and what Sturgeon bait to use.
Columbia River Gorge Sturgeon
Sturgeon of the Pacific region of North America . is found from
Southeast Alaska to Ensenada Mexico. This Sturgeon with its
moderate Snout is a primitive bottom dweller that swims with the
White Sturgeon, but, only grows in size to 7 ft. and 350 lbs.
were as the White is the largest Sturgeon of all - reaching
over 2000 lbs. in weight. The Green Sturgeon may travel a lot
more than any other species. Often know to visit the entire
Pacific Coast during its travels, spending the winter in
Ensenada - only to return to its spawning grounds at either
California's Sacramento River, Oregon's Rogue River, or the
Trinity/Klamath Rivers of northern California. San Francisco
Bay's population of Green Sturgeon is put at 500 to 1000 adult
sturgeon, while the number in the spawning areas is unknown.
Census could put it on the endangered
species list If you catch a Green Sturgeon, take its picture
and let it go. The flesh does not taste good like the White
This Photo Was Taken Less Than
20 Minutes From Downtown Portland!
Hawg Hunters Fishing Adventures
NW Hawg Hunters is
booking trips on the Upper & Lower Columbia River, Willamette River, Clackamas River
and mid Columbia River area below Bonneville dam for Salmon Steelhead,
Shad & Sturgeon.
We specialize in Oversize sturgeon, these fish range
in size from 6 feet to ? and often break the surface
of the water to make for an excellent photo. You’ll
be fishing with Coast Guard licensed guide Bill
Gaither in a 24’ Willie Raptor open sled. All the
bait and gear is provided for the species of fish
you are going after, with hot coffee and lunch
Call Bill today for the Salmon, Sturgeon or
Steelhead fishing trip of a lifetime. You can fish with NW
Hawg Huntes just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon or
all up and down the Columbia River.
Oregon and Washington fishing guides
fish for Sturgeon near Astoria, Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge and
in the lower Columbia river.
How to catch Sturgeon
How to catch keeper Sturgeon
How to catch trophy Sturgeon
Washington State Boat Launches Every boat launch in the
state of WA is listed here along with a ton of information
about the facilities!
Links To Popular Sturgeon Fishing Websites:
Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Local Water Levels for Oregon coast.
Fishing Sturgeon in the upper
depends more on bottom structure than
depth. Fish of all sizes can be caught in water 20-30 ft. deep
if it is in a feeding lane or trough. Anchoring in the upper
end of a trough or off to one side of the trough and casting
or drifting bait into the trough is an effective way to entice
fish. Study a good chart of the river bottom to get an idea of
where to start fishing. Be patient. Most sturgeon bites are as
light as that of a trout. If you experience a lot of
"jump-uppers" ones that cause you to jump out of your seat and
grab the rod and then not get another bite, try reducing the
size of the hook to a 5/0 or 6/0 hook. In catching several
hundred sturgeon over the past 5 years, I have never had a
sturgeon swallow the hook to a point where it was not visible
in the outer mouth area.
Upriver Sturgeon fishing requires heavy butted sensitive tip
rod that is 7-7 1/2 feet in length. Short boat rods allow for
detecting the lightest of bites while providing power for the
largest fish. The shorter rod all but eliminates accidental
injury caused from casting or setting hooks on longer rods.
This is especially true for less experienced fishermen. Best
bait day in and day out above John Day Dam is Roll-Mop Herring
with a hook no larger than 7/0 (barbless). Being able to
break loose from the anchor will assist in making light rods
and line (50# high tech type) more
desirable to use,
easier to cast and sufficient for the big boys.
Name: Bob Wimberly
Different Types Of Sturgeon
Before Pre-historic man walked this
earth....the Sturgeon swam in its waters - our modern day
Sturgeon is a carryover from those times. Some people say that
Sturgeon can live for 50 years......some say 100 years....and a
couple say the original species is still alive....swimming
around in a land locked lake somewhere in Europe....
The White Sturgeon is one of approx. 27 species of Sturgeon. It is
the largest and most recognized and can grow to 20' in length
and 2000# in weight. The Sturgeon of the Pacific North West
(Columbia and Fraser Rivers) mature at an older age and larger
size - than the Sturgeon of the Sacramento & San Joaquin Rivers.
That is one of the reasons for the different size limits of the
sturgeon. The size limit was adjusted to protect the female
The record for the biggest Sturgeon
from the SF bay area is 468 lbs. That record "may never be
broken because it was set prior to the max. size limit of 72"
was set by Joey Pallotta out of Crockett, Ca.. As is common now
a days, the conservation of the species is more important than
its record size. Though anglers may argue that point.
Columbia River Sturgeon Fishing
Giant is really somewhat less than a Giant. At its max. size it
can grow to 6ft. and 100lbs.
inhabits the waters of the Mississippi, Missouri, and
Yellowstone Rivers. The Pallid Sturgeon "Scaphirhynchus albus"
has been on the endangered list since 1990 and will likely be
there until at least 2225. The numbers of fish in the northern
Missouri and Yellowstone may be as low as 250 in the states of
North Dakota and Montana. The number of fish surviving in the
lower Missouri and Mississippi River systems, is estimated at
16000. In 1997, 750 farm raised sturgeon were released into the
northern rivers to try and re-populate them. Hopes are that by
the year 2040, fisher people will be able to catch a legal sized
sturgeon in their catch and release program.
Mid Columbia River Guide
Service featuring full-time fishing guide Elmer Hill.
Specializing in Trophy species such as Walleye, Spring &
Fall King Salmon, Keeper & Oversize Sturgeon, B run
Steelhead and Shad in areas from Bonneville Dam and
surrounding areas upstream in the Columbia River to Tri
Cities Washington "Hanford Reach" Including Snake River
Fishery. 30 years experience will insure you have a
comfortable and safe trip.
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Shad And Popular Sturgeon
White sturgeon of
White Sturgeon of Idaho are found
in the Snake River, Salmon River, and the Kootenai River. The
fish of the Snake River and Salmon River are common White
Sturgeon found in the West and Pacific northwest. The sturgeon
of the Kootenai River are a genetically distinct population of
White Sturgeon. Populations have declined. In 1972 the Libby dam
began its hydroelectric operations and drastically changed the
river's flows, thereby changing the spawning conditions for
sturgeon. The White Sturgeon of the Kootenai River is now an
endangered species and the river is closed to fishing.
thanks to Vic Carrao for photo
How To Anchor When Sturgeon
The Shovelnose Sturgeon is at home
in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the main tributaries
that flow into these water sheds. The largest shovelnose caught
came from the Des Moines River weighing in at 12 lbs. This small
sturgeon matures at 5 to 7 yrs and grow to 20" to 24" in length.
Spawning occurs in May & June. Buff to olive drab in color;
covered by heavy plate-like scales; flattened long nose,
threadlike filament attached to top lobe of tail fin; 4-8 lb
Shovelnose - like the Lake Sturgeon is a bottom feeder that
scavenges insect larvae, clams, and what ever enters its suction
Iowa approximately 50,000 lbs. are harvested annually by
commercial fishermen from the Mississippi River.
thanks and hats off to
allowing us to use this information.
Tips For Catching Sturgeon
If your not getting sturgeon
bites within at least half and hour move. Move as much as
possible until you catch fish.
Have enough bait, and make
sure it's fresh and stays fresh. It's also a good idea to have
several kinds of bait in your boat.
If bait steeling trash fish
are bad wrap your bait with elastic thread, if they are worse
wrap it with spawn sack cloth too, if they are even worse, move.
Usually if there are sturgeon in the area the trash fish aren't