Sturgeon Fishing Guides

Fishing Guides for Sturgeon catch trophy Sturgeon oversize Sturgeon and keepers or keeper Sturgeon on the Columbia River between Oregon Sturgeon fishing spots and Washington Sturgeon fishing places.

Sturgeon primitive fish of the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Their food—e.g., crayfish, snails, larvae, and small fishes—from the water bottom through their small, toothless, fleshy-lipped mouths.

Some species are the Atlantic sturgeon some ascend rivers to spawn; and some (the largest of inland fish) are found in landlocked waters. The largest species is the Russian sturgeon. The Pacific sturgeon may weigh over half a ton and attain a length of 12 ft. The green sturgeon is a smaller Pacific variety, and the common sturgeon is found in coastal waters and rivers of Europe and E North America.

Smoked sturgeon is considered a delicacy in many areas, and sturgeon eggs are the source of the better grades of caviar, sometimes in combination with eggs of the paddlefish, a close relative.

Reservoir is considered to have a good white sturgeon population that is dominated by young ages the white sturgeon population is fairly successful recovery Program Review for Endangered Pallid Sturgeon in the Upper Missouri River Basin

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NW Sturgeon Adventures offers 1/2 and full day trips on the scenic Columbia and Willamette rivers in Portland, Oregon or just minutes away. I run a fully covered and heated custom 2006 22 foot Alumaweld for your comfort and safety. With over 30 years of fishing in Oregon i can guarantee you a fun filled adventurous trip. If you are looking to catch trophy or keeper Sturgeon, Salmon, Steelhead, Walleye or Shad contact NW Sturgeon Adventures for your next outdoor adventure.

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Sturgeon Fishing Guides Information For Sturgeon Fishing On The Columbia River From The Oregon Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife.

Sturgeon and Keeper Sturgeon as well as Oversize Sturgeon fishing guides specialize in Columbia River Sturgeon fishing! They are full time Columbia River fishing guides and the best Sturgeon guides in Oregon or Washington! Explore the Columbia River or Willamette River and experience world class Sturgeon fishing in Portland, Astoria, or the Columbia River George. Keeper Size Sturgeon fishing on lighter tackle where limit is the norm not the exception!
These Sturgeon must be at least 38 inches long and no longer than 54 inches to put them in the box, but with the large population of Sturgeon in the Columbia River there is non-stop action catching and releasing smaller and sometimes longer Sturgeon until you get the one you want to take home (must be 38-54") with white flaky meat similar to Halibut, a great eating fish.

July 24, 2008: The states of Oregon and Washington decided today to close the Columbia River estuary to sturgeon fishing, effective 12:01 a.m., Sunday, July 27. They also added two months to the sturgeon season between the Wauna power lines and Bonneville dam.

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The emergency action was taken during a joint state hearing Thursday morning following staff reports forecasting that fishermen will likely achieve sturgeon quotas for the Columbia River estuary sometime on Saturday. The closure affects the Columbia River from the mouth upstream approximately 40 miles to the Wauna power lines. It reduces by one day an eight-day extended season approved by the two states on June 27.

The order issued by fishery managers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was based on quotas established in a three-year joint sturgeon management plan. Primary objectives of the accord include protecting and conserving sturgeon brood stock while offering anglers diverse fishing opportunities.

Since the extended season began on July 10, the estuary on the lower Columbia has received intense pressure from fishermen looking to land 45- to 60-inch fish, according to John North, ODFW’s Columbia River fisheries manager. North reported that during an aerial survey of the estuary on July 19, ODFW counted 670 private boats, which is the second highest daily count since 1983. In the first six days of the extended season lower Columbia fishermen harvested an estimated 3,700 sturgeon, leaving 364 fish remaining until the three-year quota for that section of the river is met.

“Catch rates during July for both private and charter boats have been excellent,” said North.

Fishery managers from the two states also approved a sturgeon season extension in the Columbia above Wauna that begins Aug. 1 and continues through Sept. 30. They concluded this additional opportunity is possible without exceeding the management guideline for this section of the river. The season extension also applies to the lower Willamette River upstream to Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel.

Allowing sturgeon retention during August provides an additional recreational fishery when opportunities for salmon angling are limited, according to North, who noted that Chinook salmon fishing in the main stem Columbia doesn’t start until Sept. 1 this year. During the new August-September sturgeon season, fishermen between the Wauna power lines and Bonneville dam will be permitted to keep white sturgeon ranging in size from 42 to 60 inches on Thursday through Sunday. Essentially, the addition of the August-September period means fishermen will be able to keep sturgeon four days a week from August through the end of the year in this section of the river.

Sturgeon, a fish that hasn't changed much the world's largest and most viable population of lake sturgeon and try to steal our fish.

oversize Sturgeon caught on the columbia River

This Sturgeon was caught on the Fraser River just above the Mission bridge.. It weighed out at over 1000lbs and measured out at 11'1". It was 56" around the girth. It took over 6 and a half hours and 4 dozen beers and 4 guys taking turns reeling.

This sturgeon weighed out at over 1,000 pounds and measured out at 11 feet, 1 inch. It was 56 inches around the girth and took over 6 hours for the four guys taking turns reeling. It was caught at the mouth of the Rainy River.

 Sturgeon can be caught on the Columbia river and Willamette river in Portland and from Astoria to upper Columbia River as well as the Snake River and below the Bonneville dam pool and on the Coast in Astoria, Tillamook bay and Yaquina bay.


An article about Sturgeon on the Columbia River by The Oregonian Newspaper

Big ball of sturgeon in Columbia River baffles experts
Posted by The Oregonian May 15, 2008 21:37PM


When sonar surveys spotted a vast pile of rubble in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam late last winter, officials suddenly worried that part of the dam structure was eroding into the river.
     What they found below the spillways in February was not a giant pile of rock at all, but a humongous pile of thousands upon thousands of sturgeon -- some of them 14 feet long or longer -- lounging together in frigid water at the bottom of the river.
     The mountain of white sturgeon contained around 60,000 fish, according to a rough estimate by Michael Parsley, a research fisheries biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Columbia River Research Laboratory in Cook, Wash. He described that estimate as "probably conservative."

The lingering question is: What were all the fish doing there?

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