"Sturgeon fishing has been excellent," reports Dennis Hull at Bite Me Guide Service (www.nwfish.com) in Keizer, Oregon. Hull says that there are good numbers of big fish on the Willamette River, but he's had to work to find them. "The weekend warriors are having a hard time," he admits, "but there are plenty of fish in the River." Hull says that the key is finding fish that want to bite. "Keep moving until you find them," he recommends, adding that anglers may have to move several miles to find the right stage of the tide. "You can't rely on your favorite hole," he explains, instead, he tells anglers to search for the fish with a fish-finder. "I go through a systematic bait rotation—smelt, squid, shrimp, herring, and anchovies—until I find what the fish want to eat." If the sturgeon still won't bite, Hull moves to another spot. "We hammered them last weekend," he says. To target sturgeon, Dennis uses a sliding sinker from 12 to 24 ounces on 50 to 65-pound super braid on a 9-foot rod. "When they're being sneaky, the lighter steelhead rods are better," Hull says, "If the fish bites and feels a broomstick they won't stay with it."