Spring has sprung. Walleye fishing has been great for the past month. It is starting to slow down a bit with all the pressure that there has been. Catch and release sturgeon has been red hot in the Willamette and will continue to get better with the river levels coming back in to shape. I did my first spring salmon trip a few days ago and ended up with a few nice fish. The next few months are going to be great fishing. Here are a few pics from the last few weeks.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The winter keeper season was tough due to the consistent east winds. When ever the wind switched to the west were able to get some keepers. The fish were in amazingly great shape this winter. The catch and release sturgeon fishery on the Willamette is going great. We are averaging around 15 fish a rod on full day trips. The hottest thing going rite now is walleye fishing. Great table fair and a blast to catch these fish will be going through October. With the Columbia running about 4 degrees above average the fish are on the bite. Spring Chinook are starting to be caught sporadically and will arrive in good numbers the first week of April. I only have a handful of dates open through October so if your planning that summer vacation i would love to get you on the water and make it a memorable day for you! Thanks to all that help me do what i love to do! Hear are a few pics from the past 7 weeks.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Since i have not shared pics since March here is a recap of the year. We finished up strong on the oversize on the Willamette. Spring chinook started the first week of April and went well in to June with a mix of summer chinook as well. We had a small keeper season in June as we normally do and it was on fire as usual. Shad showed the last week of May and we proceeded to fill all the freezers for the upcoming oversize fishery. The oversize fishery on the Columbia was the best hands down that i have seen in 25 years. We landed two fish over 12 feet and another dozen 11 footers. The largest fish that i have seen in a long time. This fishery went well in to October. Fall Chinook was on fire from the last week of August through Oct 23. It was a great year! I spent the fall hunting and doing some well deserved family time. Next hot bite is winter keeper sturgeon,oversize and spring chinook starting April 1. Here are a few pics.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Sturgeon fishing on the Willamette continues to be phenomenal. The water temp came up a few degrees last week and set it on fire! On my last trip i had 5 guys in the boat and we landed 19 fish 14 of them were oversize and we had two doubles on oversize. I had the day off on Friday so we tried our luck on steelhead. It was surprisingly good. The summers have entered the Willamette and are in greater numbers than the winter fish. Here are a few pics from last week. Charlie Foster Northwest Sturgeon Adventures 503-820-1189
Thursday, February 28, 2013
If i could rate the over size fishing now on the Willamette it would be a ten. On Wednesday Jeff and Doug joined me on the Willamette in search of some beasts. The tides were in our favor all day and the barometer had been stable for the past three days. The anticipation was high. We got a bit of rain last week that rose the river just enough enough to move some fish around. We were on anchor less than 5 minutes when we got our first fish a fat 9 footer. The second was another 9 footer and shortly after that a 7 footer. We were not getting a lot of bites but what we did get was well worth the wait. We had a few more opportunities and finally we hooked in to a beast. This one was 10 1/2 feet and pissed. In the fall we get a lot of migratory fish that come in from the Columbia to winter over in the Willamette and you can always tell when you get a fresh one. They do not give up nearly as easy. We came off the anchor and floated by a hand full of boats that were trying there luck. When it was all said and done it had taken us about a mile down river and about 40 minutes to bring it to the boat. Where else can you go and catch these beasts in your back yard. I am very fortunate that i grew up in the Northwest and got to experience this fishery because it is truly awesome. Thanks to all who have made it possible for me to do what i truly love to do. Take care and see you on the water. Charlie Foster
Friday, February 22, 2013
The catch and release sturgeon fishing on the Willamette has been good. The water level is very low but it will be coming up with this weeks rain. I have been focusing my time in Oregon City looking for big fish and it is paying off. Noah and Audra joined me for a 1/2 day trip on Sunday. I had high expectations but with the low flows the fish were on the move. We ended rite back in Oregon City and had a few hours of arm burning action. Noah landed several nice fish and caught the biggest fish of his life. Most fish are biting on squid but i anticipate the smelt bite to take off this week with the rising water. The water temp is up to 46 degrees and a few fish are getting some hang time. We did have a 7 footer jump 4 times but i was not fast enough on the camera but i did get another oversize jump. there are more and more springers being caught throughout the lower river and the sea lions are eating a few down in the harbor. End of March it will be go time on this fishery. Here are some pics from this past week. Take care Charlie Foster 503-820-1189