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Levi King
Levi King


Sturgeon biology and abundanceThe remarkable white sturgeon is a popular species for recreational fishing on the Columbia River, with catch-and-release fishing allowed in many parts of the river throughout the year, and retention fishing open in select areas at specific times.


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Sturgeon abundance in the lower river collapsed at the end of the 19th Century due to overfishing and remained depressed through the first half of the 20th Century. The population began to rebound only after the adoption of management actions aimed at reducing overall harvest and protecting broodstock, particularly a 6-foot maximum size limit regulation enacted in 1950. White sturgeon abundance subsequently increased significantly through the 1990s and supported robust recreational and commercial fisheries. Abundance of sub-adult and adult fish began declining in the mid-2000s, prompting changes in harvest quotas and retention seasons.

Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife have developed and advocated for Columbia flow regimes, created and expanded spawning sanctuaries for major dams along the river, and have updated sport fishing regulations to protect sturgeon.

Columbia River Sturgeon fishing offers an amazing combination of scenic beauty with the ability to catch huge fish. We guide Sturgeon fishing charters in the lower 140 miles of river from the mouth in Astoria, Oregon, to Bonneville Dam. Opportunities are seasonal and each location offers a different experience. Take a look around and contact us on our Questions & Reservations page or give us a call to allow us to help guide you in the right direction for your Columbia River Sturgeon fishing trip.

If you have fished for catfish in large rivers, you probably have a good starting point regarding where to catch sturgeon. The top sturgeon fishing locations on the Columbia River are large, deeper holes and eddies. However, if you are new to the area or have limited time, hiring a fishing guide can be a good way to learn additional location aspects. 041b061a72


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