- Jan 4, 2010
me and my buddy were fishing for sturgeon near the mouth of the channel on the Willamette and there were millions of people trolling for springers all around us. His boat wasn't running well, so we just decided to anchor up in 42ft of water near where he keeps the boat. We caught a couple of nice keeper-sized sturgeon. At one point, one of the rods in the holder bent down like a pit-bull was hitting the bait, a green label herring half-hitched in typical sturgeon style. No nibble, nibble, chew, chew, like a normal sturgeon.Now, I have caught plenty of sturgeon, big and small, and never, ever have I seen one hit like this. My immediate thought was that a springer had hit the sturgeon rig. To my great dismay, we weren't able to set the hook in time and that was that. My question to all of you is: Have you ever heard of anyone catching a chinook while fishing for sturgeon?