Post By: SGM Posted: 7/10/2019 11:43:28 AMPoints: 8357
Took a trip to the Pacific NW to visit my youngest son and to do some sight seeing. Was a great trip and got to knock a fish off my bucket list. The wife and I spend one day fishing the Columbia River about 15 miles west of the Bonneville Dam and had a blast. We each caught 5 white sturgeons with the smallest being a 5 footer and the largest one at 10 foot 6 inches. I've seen photos and shows about them but to see them and feel their raw power is something you just have to experience to fully appreciate these fish. If you have you know what I mean. If your are wanting/considering a trip for these dinosaurs I would not hesitate, you will not be disappointed.
Reply by: shiverfix Posted: Jul. 10, 11:47:13 AM Points: 3441
Definitely a bucket list item. Tried for them from the West Linn fishing dock last year. Had some takers but no hookups. Fish jumping everywhere, amazing to see 4 to 6 foot fish jumping out of the water.
Portland might be in my future, so a bucket list fish could become a regular target, which would be pretty fun.
Thanks guys highly recommend all to try if you love to fish.
shiverfix, yes watching 6 plus foot fish fly out of the water is/was amazing. Know what I know now I would have done this a long time ago. I sure plan to go do this again, it could get to become an addiction.
Goose, the middle fish first post and the last photo on page 2 are the 10 footer. When you have both your hands in its mouth and there is still room that is something and you can feel the strength. Not a fish anyone is going to man handle.
Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff Posted: Jul. 11, 11:07:47 AM Points: 7757
I do miss fishing the Columbia. I grew up in Kalama and had some of the best fishing for big SMB, salmon and sturgeon on that river. Glad you were able to experience that gem. I have friends who used to go to Bonneville just to target the 10'+ fish.
Those beasts look like a tunna fun. Bucket list for sure. When we were out there a few years ago our full moon walleye trip got cancelled from rain, so we did a really good salmon and black bass trip out of Depot Bay. The walleye n sturgeon are must do’s next trip. Not sure my back can handle that 600# by myself.
I was in Portland 2 weeks ago visiting relatives. Unfortunately nine of them fish. Next time I go up I'll have to try to sneak away for a day and try for sturgeon. When I was a kid I remember one of my uncles that we visited in the region was a sturgeon fisher, the pics were not as impressive as these. The conservation efforts are doing great!
I was in Portland 2 weeks ago visiting relatives. Unfortunately none of them fish. Next time I go up I'll have to try to sneak away for a day and try for sturgeon. When I was a kid I remember one of my uncles that we visited in the region was a sturgeon fisher, the pics were not as impressive as these. The conservation efforts are doing great!
Reply by: troutfinder Posted: Jul. 15, 7:55:10 AM Points: 51
just came back from my first trip to that area. We stopped at Bonneville dam hatchery because I heard it was a neat place for visitor. Holy crap, that is a must do if you are in the area. Incredibly landscaped natural-looking viewing ponds filled with monster trout and sturgeon of different sizes. the one sturgeon viewing pond had several in the 12-14 foot range! they looked like whales and you could stand right over top of them as they cruised around in a clear pond not too deep...could count the scales on their back. crazy to see a fresh water fish that huge and that close. the trout ponds still make me sick to think about them...one of them had scores of 24-30 inchers, many easily 10+ pounds just rolling over each other to eat trout chow. It was awesome and free, go check it out, right off the main highway near Hood River