The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America. The white sturgeon is, without a doubt, the largest fish in the Columbia River. In fact, it’s the largest fish in all of North America!
What kind of fish are in the Columbia River in WA?
Every year, dozens of distinct Chinook, coho, and sockeye salmon and steelhead runs return to the mouth of the Columbia River and head upstream, eventually finding their way into one of the many tributaries in Washington, Oregon, or even Idaho in hopes of completing their journey to spawn in their natal waters.
What fish can you keep in the Columbia River?
|Columbia River Zone Regulations|
|Bass, Striped Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, other Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Northern Pikeminnow, Carp, Sucker, Chub, Sculpin, Whitefish and other Nongame Fish.||No limit.|
Where’s the best fishing on the Columbia River?
The gorge plus islands and shelves near Troutdale and farther downriver near Kelley Point in Portland are good spots to try. Smallmouth bass are plentiful around riprap and other rocky structures. Largemouth bass, crappie and other panfish are more common in sloughs and other backwater areas, including Scappoose Bay.