Willamette River Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Willamette River Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Top Willamette River Sturgeon Fishing Destinations

Best Sturgeon Fishing Charters in Willamette River

Sturgeon Fishing in Willamette River

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

(Acipenseridae spp.)

This famous Oregon fishery is often considered to be one of the best Sturgeon fishing spots on the West Coast. Whether you’re a lifelong angler who’s always wanted to target this brag worthy fish, or are a new fisherman who wants to go big or go home, a Willamette River Sturgeon fishing adventure has plenty to offer. 
 
These waters are populated by Sturgeon year-round, but the best time to target them is between May and December, when they move down from the Columbia River. They can be found throughout the Willamette River, but are especially attracted to murky waters, such as the 26-mile stretch between Portland and Willamette Falls. Depending on your previous angling experience, you’ll try out a variety of techniques to battle them, including bottom fishing, which is great for newbies and experienced anglers alike.
 
Although some brave anglers like to take their chances against these hard-fighting, huge fish from the banks of the river, the most popular way to pursue them ison a charter boat. Fishing alongside a local guide means you’ll be treated to a wealth of experience and knowledge that’ll get you to the Sturgeon hotspots in no time. It’s common for trips to last anywhere from 4–8 hours, so you just need to choose what suits you best. 
 
Sturgeon are generally limited to catch and release throughout the river, so make sure you bring along a camera – your Willamette River Sturgeon fishing adventure will leave you with plenty of memories you’ll want to document!
 
Although Sturgeon are generally limited to catch and release, there is usually an open “catch and keep” period during February, but it’s rare to find guides who partake in this – the majority are focused on Sturgeon conservation. If you fish with a guide, you’ll be provided with top-quality equipment, so you’ll just need to bring along an Oregon fishing license.
 

Willamette River Sturgeon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Sturgeon fishing in Willamette River varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to December. Low season is January to February. There is no closed season.
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