Of the five species of Pacific salmon, the Chinook and Coho salmon are the most
important to anglers. The two are often found in the same waters and
pursued in much the same way, but the Chinook salmon is the larger of the two
and highly prized among anglers. The Columbia River Gorge is a prime
area to target Chinook salmon. When hooked, Chinook like to slug it out,
while Coho are acrobatic and quick.
Chinook are also known as the king salmon or spring
salmon. Chinook salmon are powerful swimmers that migrate hundreds of miles up
northwest Oregon rivers to their spawning grounds, and they can grow huge. The
rod-and-reel world record was taken in Alaska's Kenai River in 1985 and
weighed 97 pounds, 4 ounces. The Slietz River on the central Oregon
coast provides many fish in the 50 pound range each year. Most fish caught by northwest anglers,
however, range from 15 to 40 pounds. At the end of a fishing line,
Chinooks are absolute brutes - hard-running, stubborn fighters that will
give you all the challenge you can handle, and sometimes more.
Sturgeon are always on tap for Catch & Release on the Lower Columbia
River near Astoria as well as up river to Bonneville Dam. Oregon sets
fishing seasons for retention of these special
prehistoric game fish. Common Names: Pacific sturgeon, Oregon sturgeon,
Columbia sturgeon, and Sacramento sturgeon. Sometimes misspelled as sturgon. White sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America
and can weigh over 1,500 pounds, be 20 feet in length, and live for over
100 years. Anadromous white sturgeon most commonly move into large
rivers in early spring, and spawn May through June.
White sturgeon are tough fighters -- so make sure you are
ready to do battle. Many days we will catch and release over 25 fish. If
your lucky enough to be here on a retention date you will quickly become
a coinsure of the best eating fish there is. If you like Halibut its a
sure thing you'll love Sturgeon.
A significant economic and cultural resource throughout
the Northwest, white sturgeon recently became a popular target fishery
with major commercial landings in the Columbia River. In fact, Columbia
River sturgeon production, with its valuable roe for caviar, is second
only to the former Soviet Union's production. The Columbia River is also
the site of an intense sport fishery, as is the San Joaquin Delta in
California and the Willapa Bay in Washington where guided fishing trips
are very popular. The white sturgeon is also an important fish for Native
American fishermen on the Columbia and Klamath rivers.
The Sandy River,
in Northwest Oregon, is located in Troutdale just 15 munities
from downtown Portland. This wild Oregon River offers some truly spectacular
guided fishing for winter steelhead and summer steelhead. Trips are offered
in both power boat and non motorized drift boat.
hatchery steelhead runs, both summer and winter, contain a mix of wild hatchery
fish and native wild steelhead. These wild fish are full of fight and
provide an excellent fight for both beginner and seasoned anglers alike. And
of course they are great eating too.
Sandy River steelhead are available in
the river year-round. These wild fish fight harder and are much larger
than standard hatchery fish averaging 10 to 12 pounds each. Charter a
fishing trip now for Oregon dirft boat steelhead fishing, seats tippically fill
well in advance of the seasons so plan ahead!
"We provide quality trips on some of the best
steelhead waters on the Sandy River in Portland as well as many other rivers
throughout Northwest Oregon including the Siletz River on the coast. The reaches of these wild Oregon rivers offer
incredible beauty and fantastic fishing. On many of these trips we back
bounce bait and/or lures with great success. First time anglers will find it
a fun and simple way to fish. With lots of bright, wild, native steelhead and
healthy runs of wild hatchery steelhead these
trips are some of the top steelhead fishing adventures in Oregon".
-- Brandon Glass
A Fishing License as well as applicable tags should be obtained prior to your
Team Hook-up Guide Service