Astoria Monster Sturgeon
Because Astoria area sturgeon are so robust in size from a productive winter and spring feeding frenzy, many of the sturgeon we catch in the lower Columbia River estuary near Astoria often exceed 50, 60 or 70 pounds in weight. It’s not uncommon to even catch and Astoria area sturgeon over 100 pounds in weight. To have such a huge fish on the line, especially while using light gear to catch them, can prove an incredible challenge to most anglers. For that reason, Astoria fishing guides often deploy an anchor release system that enables the fishing guide or charter boat to “float out” with unmanageable Columbia River sturgeon so that anglers stand a better chance at landing one of these brutes. With reel peeling vigor, a 100 to 200 foot burst from a large sturgeon is fairly common. Your Columbia River fishing guide is well versed on how to land these large sturgeon so prepare yourself for the best 20 to 30 minute fight of your life!
Due to the robust size of Astoria area sturgeon, and the fact we often experience waters in the 55 to 60 degree range during the spring and summer months, these fish are labeled as best in their class in a pound for pound comparison versus any other species we have on the west coast. Chinook salmon is still king in Oregon, but once you’ve experienced a day of sturgeon fishing on the lower Columbia River near Astoria, you’ll be back for more.
Astoria area sturgeon that we hook in water shallower than 5 foot put up an unparalleled fight. We’ll often use bait that “matches the hatch,” as sturgeon are often in that shallow water in pursuit of sand shrimp or dead or dying anchovies. Using light gear and light lead, we set up anchor in a strategic location depending on the tide to intercept actively feeding sturgeon on the lower Columbia River. On incoming tide, we search out the channels that lead up to the expansive sand flats near Astoria. Columbia River sturgeon will use those travel lanes to work those shallow sand flats once they get covered with saltwater on the incoming tide. Those sand flats harbor abundant populations of shrimp, clams and worms that these sturgeon will feed on throughout the incoming tide. On outgoing tide, we’ll strategically place the boat just off of these shallow flats as Astoria area sturgeon spill off of the shallow mud flats and into deeper water for the outgoing tide. The edges of these massive sand flats are the perfect place to intercept these feeding fish before slack tide kills the bite.
Calm waters, sunny skies, abundant daily catches of large, hard fighting gargantuan lower Columbia River sturgeon just steps away from fine dining and spectacular majestic views of the west’s oldest and most quaint cities makes for an unparalleled experience. Spectacular lower Columbia River sturgeon fishing is a mere 90 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon. What’s not to like?