Saltwater Sturgeon General Information

In salt water, sturgeon range from Ensanada, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska. The larger river systems on the west coast host spawning runs. The Columbia-Williamette, the Sacramento-San Joaquin, and the Umpqua are the most notable. Smaller populations can be found in the Russian, Klamath, Rogue and Coquille systems. Populations with access to the sea may or may not migrate and there are landlocked sturgeon in the Columbia River and Shasta Lake.

Sturgeon can live to be 100 years old and are the largest fresh water fish in North America. The sportfishing record fish was caught in The Dalles, Oregon and weighed 900 pounds. All the west coast states have bracketed length requirements for fish taken. For Oregon and California fish that are 4 to 6 feet in length are allowed to be kept. Check the Regulations!

A female sturgeon takes at least 11 years to mature, males somewhat less. Sturgeon do not spawn every year. Spawning takes place during the spring and the fish prefer rocky or gravel bottoms. Up to 5,000,000 eggs are released into the river followed by the milt. The sticky eggs adhere to the bottom where they hatch within 2 weeks.

Recent Saltwater Sturgeon Articles & Reports
Captain Chris Smith Defies Friday The 13th Mojo And Produces Multiple Suisun Bay Sturgeon

Captain Chris Smith Defies Friday The 13th Mojo And Produces Multiple Suisun Bay Sturgeon

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
March 1, 2015

The Cal Kellogg School of Fishing kicked off the 2015 fishing season with a Friday the 13th foray into Suisun Bay in search of elusive sturgeon with Captain Chris Smith of Captain Hook Sportfishing.

Our anglers were made up of four...

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Charter Boats Nearly Silent, But Fish Show For Pier And Bank Anglers

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
February 16, 2015

(Berkeley) Most East Bay charter boats have either left the East Bay to chase sturgeon in the upper bays or they are offline preparing for the salmon and rockfish seasons to come.

The one notable exception to this is the Happy Hooker,...

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Striped Bass, Leopard Sharks And Sturgeon Reward Anglers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
January 16, 2015

(Crockett) Fishing for striped bass and leopard sharks remains very good in San Pablo Bay on the favorable tides.

The 12 anglers who fished aboard the Morning Star on its latest fishing adventure landed 8 bass to 15 pounds and 12 leopard...

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Tips & Tactics for Saltwater Sturgeon
Anchovy, I Love You!

Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for...

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For Sale Fish Sniffer 2013 Willie Raptor

For Sale Fish Sniffer 2013 Willie Raptor

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

Once again, the Fish Sniffer is prowling the waters of Northern California in a beautiful 21’ Willie Raptor.  The Raptor is an...

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