An annual keeper sturgeon season between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam begins on January 1st. Typically, this fishery continues into January. To be harvested this season, a sturgeon must be between 38 and 54 inches long. This fishery is great fun and attracts lots of interest. We anchor and fish with bait on the river floor to catch keepers of sturgeon.
Additionally, during the year, we typically have a few additional chances to capture keeper sturgeon. These chances will typically present themselves between May and September. We’ll be fishing in May close to Astoria on the lower Columbia River. This is a fun fishery because you often find yourself fishing for sturgeon is shallow water — often less than 10 feet deep. The shallow water means that sturgeon can come right up out of the water, especially during a feeding frenzy.
The other nice thing about a sturgeon fishing charter in May is the fantastic weather. Sturgeon in May are very energetic fighters, that are great fun on the line. The slot limit for this season is 44 – 50 inches in length. Your fishing guide will know the regulations, as they change from season to season and depends on the openings.