The Hells Canyon sturgeon fishing is catch and release only. If you’re wanting to take some fish back with you, we’ll be happy to combine one of the other species to your trip. Hells Canyon is a very challenging river for the less, experienced boater so we recommend using a guide. Our fishing guides make their home in the valley, and very familiar with the fluctuating water flows that effect catching. We sturgeon fish on the Snake year around but there are times in the dead of the summer that we choose to give the fish a break. There are plenty of lodging options in the Lewiston/Clarkston Valley that will be 30 minutes down river from the boat launch. Lewiston has a small airport that hubs both Alaska and Delta airlines.
Long Battles With Sturgeon
These amazing fish can take up to 2 hours to land and have enough fight for the entire group. We like to divide our sturgeon into 3 classes, so we can provide our anglers with the best possible fishing experience. Sturgeon that are referred to as “Shakers” are fish under the legal size, “Keepers” are fish within the legal – size requirement and oversize sturgeon are called “Peelers” which is self – explanatory, hold on and brace yourself! Our guides fish for sturgeon year around and know where to find each class of fish. Sturgeon fishing isn’t the only game in town on this fishery, the walleye and bass fishing is excellent. In our opinion, the Columbia River is one of the greatest sportfishing rivers in the world! Lodging is available in the town of Hermiston Oregon or Tri Cities area. Folks that are flying into fish with us, Pasco Washington has a local airport that hubs Alaska and Delta Airlines.