Sturgeon Fishing

A few months ago we booked a sturgeon fishing trip at the sportsman show.  I thought it would be fun, but wasn’t overly excited about it.  As the days grew closer to the trip, I grew a little more excited for it.  I really didn’t know what to expect.  We drove up to Cascade Locks the night before and stayed at a hotel with some friends.  We had a great time visiting and getting ready for the early morning ahead.  We didn’t know how good the weather would be, but we were armed with our rain gear and we were ready for the adventure. 
 
Catching my first sturgeon

Catching my first sturgeon

Pretty happy about it

Pretty Happy About It

The next morning proved to be a bit drizzly.  At least it was warm out.  We met with our guide Duane at the boat launch and packed all of our gear onto the boat.  It was going to be a fun filled day with our friends on board.  We got seated and headed out on the Columbia.  The scenery was spectacular.  I have not seen such beautiful waterfalls and lush green hills in a long time.  I just sat in amazement on the boat as we drove up stream.  Duane was trying to find us some schools of fish.  Finally, after about an hour of searching for a place to fish, we found the sweet spot.  We cast our hooks, ready to take our prize.  Soon afterwards the game began.  It was so exhilarating to get a fish on, and boy do they put up a fight.

Jaron and Heather

Jaron and Heather

The Gang

The Gang

Gorgeous Scenery

Gorgeous Scenery

We each kept track of the fish we caught, and my friend Merideth and I were in the lead.  What do you know, the two girls of the boat were out fishing the men.  That made it even more of a challenge for us to out fish these guys.  The fish just kept coming.  I was having the time of my life, I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.  We were the loan fishing boat in the area, no one else had found a spot like ours.  We knew we had better take advantage of this.I stopped fishing a few times long enough to get some picturess of the others, and then my stomach was hungry too.  We had to get some brauts in us, so we had enough energy to keep catching those sturgeon.  We made lunch and then continued the game of cat and mouse.  I don’t know if the rainy weather helped us, but the fish didn’t quit biting.  That made it quite a bit of fun.  The guide also did a good job of keeping us entertained.  He was a great guy, that we will be going back to again.

Darren Giving His Fish A Kiss

Darren Giving His Fish A Kiss

Jason and Merideth

Jason and Merideth

Jason, Darren, and Jaron

Jason, Darren, and Jaron

In the end, the girls lost out to one of the other guys, but we took and tied for a close second.  Nothing wrong with that.  In 8 hrs we caught 36 sturgeons, only one keeper,but it was still fun all same.  It opened up my world to a whole new meaning of fun.  I booked another trip and can’t wait to do it again.

An Oversized Yellow Gumby. Pretty Funny!

An Oversized Yellow Gumby. Pretty Funny!

Our guide was Daune Huber @ River Run Guide Service 1-503-481-6505.  He was a great guide and I highly recommend him.  Visit him @ www.riverrungs.com.

About the Author

Heather Moore

Heather Moore

Heather Moore is a field staff shooter for The Bow Rack in Springfield, Oregon, a field staff member for PursueTheOutdoors.com, a member of the local archery club, Oregon Hunters Association, Women in the Outdoors, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Farmers and Hunters Feeding The Hungry.