Sturgeon are the prehistoric monsters of the depths. The Columbia River is home to the giant population of White and Green Sturgeon reaching lengths of 13’ and up to 400 Pounds. The average sturgeon measures 3 to 5 ft and even these smaller fish will best the strongest tackle around.
The Columbia river does have several open seasons where harvesting one of these great fish is possible. They are usually only last a week to two weeks and happen at beginning of the year (January), one during the springtime (May and June) and a couple of days in the Fall (September). The limit is one fish per person and must measure between 42 and 50”.
You can practice catch and release year around, but some of the best fishing is found in the late spring and summer time when the bigger Sturgeon come out of the ocean and move their way up the river to spawn. Anglers Guide Service usually targets they magnificent fish in July in the estuary water closer to Buoy 10. The special part of this fishery is the fact that we can catch these fish on 6 to 20 ft of water, which means extraordinarily little lead and smaller rods. The fight that a sturgeon of 6’ can give you on these lighter rods is nothing less then spectacular. There are also high numbers at this time of year so hooking 20 or more fish and having multiple numbers of fish on at a time can be the norm.
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