The White Sturgeon is North America's largest freshwater fish and the best place to catch these prehistoric monsters is on the Columbia River. Sturgeon can grow over 12 feet and weigh over 500 pounds.
Catching these monster fish takes experience and knowledge in where to fish, and what bait, and gear to use. Also the regulations change often and it is important to have someone who knows the rules and follows them.
Fishing for Sturgeon can take place year round. There are always fish to catch, from the small shakers to keepers and oversize. Shakers are abundant and are any fish under 38 inches which must be let loose unharmed.. Keepers are the fish that you can retain and are between 38 inches to 54 inches. Oversize fish are the breeding stock and it's important for the species that these fish are turned loose unharmed.
Sturgeon can be caught in the Columbia River anywhere from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. The months of May-July are the times to catch oversize fish. June is a great keeper month, especially at the mouth of the Columbia.