Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sturgeon fishing

         The migration of sturgeon has moved in to the Willamette for the winter. This winter fishery is a catch and release only. It is a very action packed day with average days of 30 to 50 fish between 2 and 5 feet. We do occasionally get in to larger fish up to 8 feet during this season. I solely use my light rods that i make and it is a blast. I have recently got a new boat and it fishes 6 great. It does have a top and a heater. I do sell licenses on board so all you have to do is show up and have a great time. Here are a few trips from the last few weeks. Thank you


2017 recap for Sturgeon,walleye and salmon

                Going in to the new year you can't help but be energized and motivated to get back on the water. Mother nature had a different plan for us. Keeper sturgeon gets under way in January and usually goes till the end of the month. This year we got blasted by arctic weather the entire month and it continued all through February. The season closed mid march with very little effort and minimal harvest. The walleye fishing was about 2 months behind schedule due to the cold high water but when it finally started it was the best walleye fishing i have ever seen. In May we were doing around a 40 fish average with the best day being 77 for the boat. With the spring Chinook run being tough due to the cold water there was a lot of effort on the walleye. It continued good through July then it gradually slowed. I was fortunate enough to land what would of exceeded the state record walleye and would of been just shy of the world record. The fish was 36 inches long and had just spawned a few weeks prior to me catching it. Record numbers of shad came through this year starting at the end of May and winding down mid July. With all the snow pack we had last winter the spring run off was incredible. Oversize fishing was great with 7 to 10 fish days with a average around 8.5 feet. I started this the first week of May and it continued through the 3rd week of august this year. Fall Chinook fishing was good as i start this September 1 through October. We did have a few weather fronts that made things tough in October but overall it was a success. Looking back on the year it was a good year with a late start. I had a lot of great days on the water meeting new people and making memories. I ordered a new boat finally in February and it showed up mid October. It is huge and can comfortably fish 6 people. Am very excited for the new year. Thanks to all who make me able to do what i love to do. See you on the water. Here are a few pics to sun up 2017