TROPHY STURGEON GUIDE - Columbia River Oversize Sturgeon
These giant monsters migrate up the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean to Bonneville Dam in the month of April and stay here through the summer until September.
Trophy (also known as oversize or oversized) sturgeon migrate up to Bonneville Dam for two reasons. The first is to feed on the shad and the second is to spawn. After spawning is completed, they migrate back down to the Pacific Ocean.
The very best time to catch these monsters is May through July when the shad are running. These fish absolutely love fresh shad for bait this time of year.
Trophy sturgeon can grow up to 20 feet in length and reach weights up to 1500 pounds. All of these fish are catch and release so they can spawn and produce more sturgeon for the years to come. Average fish caught daily range from 6 feet to 12 feet and weigh up to 800 pounds.
We fish the Columbia River and its tributaries all the way from Bonneville Dam to Buoy 10 near Astoria Oregon where the Columbia flows into the Pacific Ocean.
We catch keeper Sturgeon and trophy Sturgeon from 42' to 60' long.
Fishing for Coho Salmon, Silvers, Chinook Salmon and Fall Chinook and the hard fighting Steelhead during peak times of the year can really produce some hot action so book your trip early for the best times.