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Post By: SGM      Posted: 7/10/2019 11:43:28 AM     Points: 9695    
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: SGM      Posted: Jul. 10, 11:44:10 AM     Points: 9695    
A few more.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 10, 11:45:09 AM     Points: 9695    
One more and yes it is a different fish.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jul. 10, 11:46:05 AM     Points: 3003    
That's awesome, nicely done and thank you for sharing!
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Jul. 10, 11:47:13 AM     Points: 3616    
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.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 10, 12:02:42 PM     Points: 49130    
Hey Russ I was hoping to see more pictures of that monster! Congrats
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 10, 12:35:17 PM     Points: 9695    
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.

Of course all fish released to fight again.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Jul. 10, 3:18:40 PM     Points: 2290    
Some folks just have too much time on their hands! Lol
Seriously though, great job and a super post. Congrats!
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: Jul. 11, 11:07:47 AM     Points: 8432    
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.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: Jul. 11, 12:17:45 PM     Points: 1534    
WTG!!! on my bucket list as well-congrats...
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Jul. 12, 10:02:40 AM     Points: 208    
Congrats! Great pics!🍻🎣
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 12, 10:15:38 AM     Points: 9695    
Thanks again all.

Ski, wish I had more time on my hands for fun like that.

GR3 , you will have no regrets if you go and get into a few.

Adrenaline, I would love to go back for sturgeon again but also for the salmon and walleyes.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Jul. 12, 8:55:33 PM     Points: 289    
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 dos next trip. Not sure my back can handle that 600# by myself.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 13, 7:15:01 AM     Points: 9695    
Diggins, your back would be fine. Im sure you would feel no pain until later that night.
 Reply by: bruce1fish      Posted: Jul. 13, 10:36:26 PM     Points: 261    
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!
 Reply by: bruce1fish      Posted: Jul. 13, 10:36:36 PM     Points: 261    
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
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 15, 7:50:56 PM     Points: 9695    
Bruce1fish, thanks hope get into some when you go.

Troutfinder, yes the ponds at the Bonneville dam are impressive. It is cool you can go below and see them too. Also the viewing station at the dam ladder was fun.
 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: Jul. 16, 10:20:48 AM     Points: 1485    
Holy #$%@! That looks like sooooo much fun. Maybe I've gotta get up there and film an episode of Wickedfisha! Thanks for sharing!


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