Guided Sturgeon Fishing
The lower Columbia and Willamette rivers are home to the largest populations of white sturgeon in North America. It’s All Good Guide Service offers guided sturgeon fishing for these awesome fish, which can grow to 20 feet in length and weigh up to 2,000 pounds!
Sturgeons are around throughout the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The “White Sturgeon” is the largest freshwater fish in North America. It lives along the west coast of the United States between the Aleutian Island to Central California, with the largest number in the Columbia River Basin. Mature Sturgeon can reach 20 ft. in length, weigh between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds, and can live for 100 years. We have the river sturgeon that stay year around and ocean sturgeon migrating back to the river in June.
Catch and Release Sturgeon
Some of the best fishing is in May and June as these fish hangout in the deep water pockets around the Portland area in the Columbia and Willamette rivers offering abundant takedowns for those clients that want to wear themselves out. As the season progresses June and July offer numerous opportunities out of Astoria in the shallow water. The incoming tide is best when they are feeding on anchovies and sand shrimp on the mud flats.
Catch and Retain Sturgeon
After the closure in 2014 and the select fishery reopener in 2017 the Departments of Fish and Wildlife for Oregon and Washington have reached an agreement for a limited slot retainage quota. They have designed this around two time frames in the year. The early projection for the lower Columbia around Astoria is going to be in May of 2018 and later in the year during September they may establish a time slot around Portland area. Currently there are no established dates and will keep you posted in my news releases.