Sturgeon Fishing

At Tri-City Guide Service the White Sturgeon is a very special fish. Historically living over 100 years old and growing upwards of 1000lbs it is a true trophy to catch and there is no better place than the Tri Cities area of the Columbia River. Whether you choose the BIG Mid-Columbia or Scenic Hanford Reach a sturgeon fishing trip with Tri-City Guide Service is sure to make memories for a lifetime. Capt. Chris specializes in hunting the large oversize sturgeon 6-12 feet in length averaging 100 to 600+ pounds. Smaller shaker sturgeon are usually caught throughout the day but it is not uncommon for the majority of your catch to be oversize fish during a trip within peak oversize season. If smaller shaker sturgeon are what you desire those can be targeted also by changing locations and bait

You may have heard stories that sturgeon are the fish of a thousand hours which is not true and Capt. Chris prides himself in a near 100% success record on all guided oversize sturgeon trips with most days landing 3-6 oversize fish ranging 6-12 feet in length. Capt. Chris challenges you to try and beat his boat record of 11 oversize sturgeon landed to the boat in just one 8 hour day, that’s well over 2000lbs and 80+ feet of fish!! Many groups come very close every summer, think you’ve got what it takes?

Sturgeon fishing is open year round for catch and release with retention of “Keeper” sturgeon (43-54 inches long) available from January 1st through July 31st. Tri-City Guide Service offers your choice of the Mid-Columbia River or Scenic Hanford Reach stretch of the Columbia, both sections have thriving populations of sturgeon so stretch those arms out and be ready for battle! Peak oversize season is June through Oct. and it is recommended to book well in advance for best availability. Don’t forget to ask about sturgeon/walleye combo trips to double your fun!

Warning: Sturgeon fishing can be addictive! Once you’ve experienced the screaming 100+ yard runs and tail walking jumps of an oversize sturgeon there is no other fight in North America that can compare. Sturgeon are very strong fish that require heavy saltwater rods and reels loaded with 100lb test line, fighting belts are supplied and anyone who is not up for a strenuous physical battle between man and fish may need assistance which Capt. Chris will happily provide. All age groups even handicap anglers can be accommodated to an extent with Tri-City Guide Service but it is recommended that you have a least 2 physically strong anglers in the boat on all sturgeon trips.