2015 Sturgeon Season Maybe The Best Ever.

Several major changes the last two years have changed the fishery in a positive way:

The lower Columbia and Willamette rivers have been primarily catch and release with very few sturgeon kept. That’s an extra 20,000 keeper-sized fish available. The primary sturgeon spawning grounds have been closed to fishing, areas that were normally heavily fished, reducing the total pressure especially for over-sized sturgeon. Few sturgeon congregate below Bonneville Dam, a historically strong fishery. The sea lions feasting at Bonneville have scattered throughout the system. This winter and spring on the Willamette river, we have caught larger fish than ever. 20 – 40 fish a day have been norm with many over 50 lbs.

Last June and July we followed the sturgeon to Astoria on the lower Columbia. This area is mostly saltwater, which the smaller “shakers” don’t like. Slow days average 20 fish and fast action fishing was 50 sturgeon. Most days several sturgeon between 100 and 300 pounds were caught. Much of the summer Astoria fishery is done is shallow, sandy flats where they feed aggressively. These are the wildest sturgeon we have caught, regularly running 50 – 100 yards, jumping completely out of the water like tarpon.

This is the best catch and release fishery on the planet! We cannot kill the fish but the memories will last forever.

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Welcome to Sturgeon Frank’s Guide Service. My name is Frank Russum, I am also known as “Sturgeon Frank” by many of the local fishermen.

Wickiup Reservoir Opener Kokanee & Willamette River

I have been a life long fisherman and a full time Oregon fishing guide for over twenty years. I look forward to guiding my clients into some of the best fishing the northwest has to offer, safely and productively. Read More

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Comfort and Safety

Up to six clients will enjoy fishing from the comfort and safety of my 24 foot heated Northriver Seahawk. Our guide boat is fully outfitted with padded swivel seats and a canvas top for inclement weather. Also, to aid in safety, navigation, and locating fish, it has modern electronics – GPS, VHF, and Color LCD Fish Finder.

Trusted Experience

Sturgeon Frank is known world wide as one of the most successful Sturgeon fishing guides in the Northwest. He has customers from around the world who join him each year to fish the mighty Columbia River for one of the toughest freshwater fish around – the Great White Sturgeon. The Columbia River Gorge also offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon.

Sturgeon Fishing

Whether you want to catch a lot of fish in a day or maybe the largest fish you have ever caught, fishing for Sturgeon on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, has it for you.

Salmon (Chinook and Coho) and Steelhead

Spring, summer and fall, Chinook are available from March through November. These are fish fresh from the ocean that can weigh from 10 to over 50 lbs.

“Frank accommodated all of our needs and we all caught fish including a 7 footer estimated between 175 to 200 lb. Too big to get in the boat and big enough to wear our dad and two children reeling for about 30 minutes to wear out the behemoth….”

Walter Graham

“I just want to thank you on behalf of myself, and the other 11 anglers in my group for the most incredible two day Sturgeon fishing trip we could have imagined. The information, boat, fishing gear, bait, attitude, and expertise you provided was absolutely world class! However the scenery and especially the fishing was out of this world!…”

Michael J. McNair

San Rafael, California

“I didn’t get a chance to fish with you on this trip to the Gorge, but my buddies who did say your trip was top notch. I was on the Bay area fish show after the trip, which is a Radio show done live by cell phones as we head out to fish on Sunday mornings….”

Moose

California

Individual Rates

8 hours fishing
$200.00/person
  • World Class Sturgeon, Salmon & Steelhead Fishing
  • Quality Bait and Tackle
  • Fish Cleaning
  • Heated Boat for Six
  • Custom & Corporate Trips
  • Oregon Fishing License Onboard
  • coastguardlicnesedUSGS Licensed
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Winter Rates

Nov 1st - April 1st
$500.00/Group of 5
  • World Class Sturgeon, Salmon & Steelhead Fishing
  • Quality Bait and Tackle
  • Fish Cleaning
  • Heated Boat for Six
  • Custom & Corporate Trips
  • Oregon Fishing License Onboard
  • coastguardlicnesedUSGS Licensed
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Frank’s Guide Service

77 NE Morgan
Portland, Oregon 97211

Cell : 503.804.1622

Email fishguid@spiritone.com