Columbia River Sturgeon Fishing in Portland

The Columbia and Willamette Rivers are home to a healthy population of White Sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America. There are a few opportunities to harvest sturgeon throughout the year, although they can be captured and released all year round. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife usually begins its keeper sturgeon season in January for fish that measure 38 inches to 54 inches in length. A person is permitted to kill one fish every day that is within the permitted length while the season is open for sturgeon harvesting, but you are only allowed to kill two sturgeon annually. Sturgeon fishing is permitted throughout the year, despite the limited keeper Sturgeon seasons. And there is no better place to go for a great sturgeon fishing charter than right here in Portland, Oregon. The convenience of Portland includes its location, right on the Columbia River, as well as an easy destination for travel.

Sturgeon Fishing

Everyone should experience sturgeon fishing in the Pacific Northwest at least once. The largest Sturgeon we have ever landed was 12 feet 8 inches long, and they have great power! Every day there will be a lot of fish landed and fantastic action while you fish for sturgeon. You can go on this vacation with the entire family and make moments you and your loved ones won’t soon forget!

We successfully capture and release sturgeon all year round! We fish anyplace between Astoria, Oregon, and The Dalles Dam when pursuing sturgeon. Our enormous Sturgeon fishing is for you if you want a chance at a genuine Columbia River Giant. June marks the start of this season, and typically runs through July.

Our boat is equipped to handle up to six people for a sturgeon fishing charter.

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Catch and Keep Season

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.

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Sturgeon Fishing Season Notes