Are you ready to catch a Columbia River monster Sturgeon? If you are, June is the time to start fishing these bad boys. I will fish for Monster Sturgeon into September, along with Salmon, steelhead and shad. We will talk about that on a different blog.
I have started fishing the Monster Sturgeon on the Columbia River just a few miles below the I-5 Bridge. I will work my way up the river as the fish work their way up towards Bonneville Dam. Shad is the best bait this time of year. For a Monster Sturgeon use whole shad, yep a 3 pound fish, for your bait. Shad will start coming up the Columbia and Willamette Rivers around mid-May and usually peek out mid-June. I like to go shad fishing first thing in the morning, that way I have the freshest bait possible but, if fresh shad isn’t possible, frozen shad also works.
You also will be able to catch keeper size Sturgeon this time of year–38 to 54 inches in size. I will use small parts of the shad to get the keeper size Sturgeon.
Just would like to give you all one reminder, the Columbia River is fast this time of year so be extra careful when you are setting your ancho