Washington Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Washington Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Top Washington Sturgeon Fishing Destinations

Best Sturgeon Fishing Charters in Washington

Top Sturgeon Fishing Charters in Washington

Sturgeon Fishing in Washington

Sturgeon
  • Size 180 to 800lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore

(Acipenseridae spp.)

Sturgeon fishing in Washington is an unparalleled adventure. If you’ve got your mind set on this prehistoric water monster, you probably know this isn’t an ordinary fishing trip. These fish grow to impressive sizes, often over 10 feet, and you need a lot of strength to reel them in. To make things even harder, they’re very aggressive and know how to put up a great fight. Even if you’ve caught one of these before, it’s better to start a trip like this with a professional guide.
 

Where to Go

You can find Washington Sturgeon all the way up north in Seiku and in the state’s central area in the Chehalis River. But if you want to go right to the source, go to the Columbia River. This river holds the largest population of White Sturgeon, not just in the state, but in the world! You can only cross this fish off your bucket list once you’ve caught one in the Columbia River.
 

What to Expect

Most fishing guides rely on heavy tackle when targeting Sturgeon. You’ll visit spots that are downstream from rapids and below dams and falls. Soon after you get the first bite, your rod will start to bend very aggressively. It’s important to hold on tight with both hands. If you have a trophy-sized fish on the other side of the line, it will feel like it’s going to pull you into the water. Not every battle needs to be exhausting, but some of them can take up to an hour. 
 
There’s no doubt about Sturgeon being a trophy fish, but this doesn’t mean you’ll get to keep it. In order to preserve the species, there are strict regulations. There are only several days between May and June when you’re allowed to keep Sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary. These dates change every year, so check this with your guide before booking a trip.
 

How to Prepare

Your fishing guide will prepare everything you need when it comes to fishing equipment. If you’re visiting between January and April, during the rainy season, bring light rain gear and layered clothing. Always check with your guide if he covers snacks and drinks, as this policy differs from one captain to another. 
 
Sturgeon fishing in Washington is one of the most extraordinary experiences you could have on the Columbia River. Come aboard and enjoy the experience of chasing, fighting, landing, and releasing this amazing “dinosaur fish.”
 

Washington Sturgeon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Sturgeon fishing in Washington varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
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What anglers said about Sturgeon Fishing in Washington

Take plenty of layers, under your waders, because it can be super cold out there.
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Take plenty of layers, under your waders, because it can be super cold out there.
Derick  B.
Derick B. Anacortes, WA
Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, bring rain gear and waders.
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Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, bring rain gear and waders.
Daniel  V.
Daniel V. Los Angeles, CA
This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
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This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Tacoma, WA
Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
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Yes, I have had several fishing charters before. for awesome experience Chasing Fin is the way to go.
William  M.
William M. United States
It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
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It was fun but once it rained it got very cold. The fish were not biting very much at this time. I believe a later warmer time of year would have been better as far as catching fish. The trip itself was very fun.
Lori  R.
Lori R. Seattle, WA
If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
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If you are planing to drift the river on your own its advisable to fish with a guide until you learn the river as it does have some rough spots. There is some bank access and the local folks are friendly and fun to fish around.
Chuck  G.
Chuck G. Port Orchard, Washington