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

Boats Switch Over To Halibut And Stripers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
April 26, 2014

Sturgeon and striped bass fishing was productive as charter skippers switch over to halibut angling on San Francisco Bay.

“We made our way back up to the grounds we previously scouted out,” reported Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up...

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Sturgeon And Stripers Keep Biting

Written By: Dan Bacher,
April 16, 2014

It’s been a great season for sturgeon and striped bass in a variety of areas, including San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay, the Napa Rive and Montezuma Slough.

Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sportfishing reported 2 sturgeon - one 60 incher and a...

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Striped Bass Action Heats Up

Written By: Roland Aspiras,
April 3, 2014

Anglers are experiencing great local action on striped bass, while those looking for sturgeon head towards the bay in search of numbers.

Bait fishing continues to be the hot ticket on striped bass for anglers fishing around Sherman...

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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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