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Oregon fishing license question

I've got everything booked for my fishing trip in Oregon in May. My one question if anyone knows, is if the same license is good on the ocean and also inland. I want to buy a 3 day license before we get there to save time but I have read about different fishing tags or something like that.

Were just gonna bottom fish out on the ocean for 1 day and then go fish sturgeon for 2. One day for keepers and one day for oversized.

 

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To answer your question. Yes

To answer your question. Yes its good for ocean as well as inland, and it should come with your fishing tags as well. You will have a blast fishing for sturge!! Have you ever done it before? I have been for the over sized a few times and it will kick your butt. The biggest I have caught was 13 foot, took over an hour to reel in. after the 4 or 5th time of getting it close to the boat and have it run 300 feet of line off again you just wanna give up cause your arms are just burning. You will have a great time. What part of the river you going? I live not more the 10 minutes from some of the best sturge fishing in the state. right on the columbia river.

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No we have never done it

No we have never done it before or even been to Oregon. I worked in Montana when I was a kid and have been to California and Idaho but never further into the northwest. If I remember correctly we will be fishing out of Cascade Locks one day and Oregon City the next. One day on the Willamette and one on the Columbia. Not sure which one on what day but that is the schedule. My son has never been to the west coast so that's why we decided to go all the way and screw around on the ocean for a day.

Only taking six days off, gonna drive straight through, sleep, fish 3 days and come straight back for work.

Really looking forward to it. We'll be on the way May 18th after work and start fishing on the 20th.

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So at Cascade locks you'll more than likely be fishing at the bottom of Bonneville Dam, there are well over 10,000 sturge at any giving time right at the base of the damn, there are photos to prove it. There is some great fishing through there.You'll knock the heck out of the over sized sturge there, hope your arms are in good shape.LOL. On the willamette you'll find more of the keeper variety of fish. not as many over sized. I live in gresham whick is just outside of portland. Cascade locks is about 15 miles east in the Columbia river gorge( very beautiful). and Oregon city is about 10 miles southwest of where i live, Great fishing, I usally fish for salmon and steel head at the bottom of willamette falls in oregon city. You guys will have a blast, I love it here we have a bit of everything. Are you going on a guided trip or do you know someone out here? You'll have to keep me posted on how it went, to bad you wont be here longer we could meet up and I could take you out to my favorite salmon hole on the sandy river, the summer steelhead will be running great then also there would be some spring chinook still in the river.

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First of all thanks for the

First of all thanks for the offer and if we decide to go back next year I would love to hook up for some salmon fishing with you. Things are already pretty set for time this year though.

We are going on a guided trip with Northwest Sturgeon adventures. I hope he is as good as he looks on the net.  This came out of nowhere as we were just looking for something new to do in the spring and I found this on the net while looking for fishing trips in the west we could afford. It's 150 a day with everything included except the license. Maybe not the cheapest out there but a lot less than dragging my own boat all the way and not knowing how to fish them. We have it figured with driving my little Chevy Cobalt it will cost about 2k for the whole trip. That's food, gas, hotels, three days fishing, and licenses. Not bad for a 1 week vacation for a 3 generation(my dad my son and myself) family trip.

I'll try to post up daily while we're there on how it's going.

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I keep thinking about these

I keep thinking about these other fishing possibilities. I know nothing about any of these fish, how big does a steelhead average? How do you fish them and how good is it when they are running?

It's just like planning a hunting trip I guess. One thing leads to another and you just don't want to stop.Big smile

You've really got me thinking anyway.

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Steelhead will run on average

Steelhead will run on average about 10lbs, some will be bigger around the 20lbs range, the salmon will be anywhere from 15-45lbs, both are very good eating. This year we are expecting around 300,000 stellhead through the columbia river water systems just in the spring run alone. the fish runs have been great the past 5+ years. your aloud to keep 2 steelhead and 2 salmon a day, expect when the silver salmon run in the fall then you can keep 3 of those, when they run you can expect to limit out in less than an hour.

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I guess i forgot to answer

I guess i forgot to answer the second part of your question, it depends on where your fishing on how to catch them, i fish on the sandy river mostly and use size 4 or 5 depending on water level Blue fox spinners, some people use cured salmon eggs or sand shrimp and bobber. I do really well with the spinners though for both salmon and steelhead. For the steelhead i fish the tail outs in the rapids with great sucess and the salmon will be holed up in deep holes or in the deep channels on the river

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