2016 was a great year on the water. I started off the year with a short keeper sturgeon season followed by catch and release sturgeon on the Willamette river. The Willamette river provides plenty of action for fish ranging between 3 and 5 feet! 20 to 50 fish days are very common while being targeted with lighter rods makes for a very action packed day. Next we were on to walleye's on the Columbia. Starting in The 3rd week of February through May provided plenty of action and in my opinion the best eating fish there is. 10 to 20 fish days were very common this spring. Next was salmon. It was up and down with the low clear water but we managed to get a few. I spent many months targeting the "BIG BOYS". We did land 4 fish over 12 feet this year with the average fish around 8.5 feet. With all of the snow pack going in to the new year it is shaping up to be a great year. I moored the boat yesterday for the keeper sturgeon season and have high hopes. Looked very good! Hear are a few pics of 2016 and thank to everyone who made it possible for me to do what i love to do!
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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