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  • Oversized Sturgeon

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  • Oversized Sturgeon

  • Oversized Sturgeon

  • Keeper Sturgeon

How to Fish

  • Tackle, Lures & Bait

    Tackle: Rod should be 6 to 9 ft long and a single piece. Use line that can hold at least 80 lb and enough to run 250 yards.
    Lures: Can only use a single point barbless hook, hook size of 5/0 to 9/0

    Bait: Crabs, Cut Bait, Flies, Plugs, Saltwater Live Bait, Spinner Baits
    Fresh is best when sturgeon fishing. Recommended bait include crawfish, fresh water clams, salmon eggs or carcasses, shad and other small fish. When fresh bait is not available, adding scents to the bait will help such as shrimp oil, shad oil and sardine oil.

  • Location & Bite

    Location: Sturgeons will move with tides as they search for food. When the tide is out, look for deeper water. When the tide is in, find small beds of 4 to 6 feet deep. Ledges, small channels, sand flats and other rocky points are good starting points.
    Bite: The Sturgeon's bite will vary depending on the temperature. A slow and repetitive bite will occur during colder weather. However, in warmer weather, the bite is more aggressive. The fish will be more active because it is closer to spawning season.

    • Preferred Water Temp: 58–66 ° F
    • Rivers: Columbia

Clean & Fillet

World-Class, Catch and Release Fishery. Our primary water, the Columbia River, is home to the largest White Sturgeon in the world. It's fairly common to land Sturgeon in the 6 to 8-foot length. Trophy sized sturgeon over 10 feet in length and weighing over 450 pounds are possible. All "oversize" Sturgeon are fought with the utmost conservation in mind. Fish are landed as quickly as possible, revived and released without harm. Due to regulations, limited opportunities exist for "keeper" size sturgeon. Please call for details.

The prehistoric Sturgeon can live to be over 100 years old. Their appearance has remained virtually unchanged in the species 200 million year existence. Unlike other fish, Sturgeons do not have scales. Instead their bodies are covered by five rows of scutes that serve as a form of armor. Their internal bone structure is similar to a shark’s, having more cartilage rather than actual bone, even though they are classified as a bony fish.