Here is my sturgeon fishing report for 10/26/2023.

I met a family of three generations at 7:00 a.m. at the James Gleason Boat Ramp, which lies on the Columbia River near the Portland International Airport (PDX).

Even though we weren’t going to fish the Columbia River, it’s a great launch and a short cruise downriver and up into the lower Willamette River. After about a 40-minute boat ride, we arrived just above the St. Johns Bridge on the Willamette River.

I looked at my Lowrance fish finder and was amazed at how many sturgeon I was marking. I joked to the guys: Be afraid … fishing is going to be excellent. They smiled and laughed and said OK.

My son, Austin, cast the first rod into the water, and I cast rod number two. Within a couple of minutes, both rods were getting bites. We set the hooks and fish on both rods a double. We eventually landed and released both of these Willamette River sturgeon, and both fish were close to six feet long.

This action of doubles and excellent sturgeon fishing continued nonstop until the father-son trio decided they had enough, and they were worn out from fighting sturgeon. By 9:00 o’clock, they had boated 15 to 16 sturgeon, all between four and 6 feet long.

If you’re on Facebook, you could look up Marvin’s Guide Service, and you could watch one of the videos where we had doubles on.

I will continue doing catch-and-release sturgeon trips on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers all winter long. Don’t worry about the weather. I have you covered with the heated and covered boat. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing is usually action-packed for everybody in the boat to enjoy.

I will also be offering my famous Dungeness crab trips out of Astoria, OR, in November, where it’s very easy to get limits of 12 crabs per person.

Give me a call today, and I’ll be happy to set up your catch-and-release sturgeon or your Dungeness crab trip.


Three generations of fishermen holding a sturgeon that they caught on the Willamette River.

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