I fished the Willamette river out of Swan Island basin yesterday and ended up with a great day of fishing. Early in the day I fished deeper (~60') and did fine, but not great. I caught 8 in the first 5.5 hours (first spot) and then 8 in the last 1.5 hours (second spot) with 6 of those 8 being legal sized. The second location I fished was a spot where it shallowed up from about 53' to about 48'. The bite at the first spot came in flurries.The bite at the second spot was just plain hot the whole time.
The funny thing is that I almost did not even fish the second spot because the bite had died at the first spot and the current had really diminished as well. I am really glad I decided to go over there. I switched from my tiger stik to my salmon rod since the current was so slow by that point. I only used 4 oz for most of the day and I probably could have switched to 2 oz at the last spot.
Some nice powerboat guys were fishing upstream from me at first and as they came by me they said that they were marking a ton of fish. I told them I had seen that as well and that is why I was fishing there. At first they continued downstream but they came back about 10 minutes later saying that it looked like the area I was in had the most fish. They ended up doing really well with a couple of fish in the 50s and one monster that was probably around 7' or so.
I did not get many pics since the camera battery came up indicating it was about dead. I took a pic of my first fish and one of my last fish (I was saving the battery in case I got a monster, but it was not to be).
Overall, 9 of the sturgeon I caught were legal sized and 5 of the others were just short and two were dinks. I think this is by far my best day for keeper sized sturgeon!
I really like launching at swan island, on the way out a bald eagle flew pretty low over top of me. On the way back in (getting dark) there were about 5 guys on the deck of one of the big ships. They yelled hello as I went by. I told them I hoped I was not making too big of a wake and that they should hold onto the rail when it hit. They laughed really hard
Fish tremble when they hear my name
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
--John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928