I don't know anything about bass fishing but I will help you as much as I can with other fish. You should be able to get into some catch and release sturgeon right now but retention on the Willy doesn't start until Nov. 1st, but the Columbia opens for retention Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 1st. 38-54" inside fork length. I would recommend at least 50# line for those though, I like the braided tough line, also your hook must be barbless. Look for the deeper holes and fish them. I've personally had alot of luck with magic threading a piece of rollmop herring to the hook and sticking a half night crawler on the end. I use a weight slider on my mainline, tie a 2 way swivel to that then my sturgeon leader and usually at least a 6oz weight up to 20oz depending on the current which won't be too bad for a little while until we get some good rain. You could also head out of the mouth of the Willy into the Columbia right now and have a good shot at a fall Chinook, they just raised the bag limit to 2. I've gotten into them this year trolling a spinner behind a flasher right along the bottom. Alot of people are anchoring and having good luck with plugs, wobblers, spinners or buzz bombs. Thats my 2 cents! Good luck my friend! There are alot of really great people on this forum with alot more knowledge and experience than I who I know will be willing to share!