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 Sturgeon Articles & Reports

Stripers Trickle Into Metro Region

Written By: Dan Bacher,
April 3, 2015

(Sacramento) Striped bass are just starting to move into the Sacramento River in the Capital City, but that should change soon when the spring run arrives in full force.

“The fishing has been kind of slow locally over the past couple of...

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Stripers Show At Tisdale

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 30, 2015

(Rio Linda) The striper fishing is improving on the Sacramento River from Colusa to Knights Landing as spring-run fish move into the system.

Ashley and Maria from Yuba City hooked and landed some quality stripers on the Sacramento River...

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Striper Bite Explodes Above Rio Vista

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
March 18, 2015

(Rio Vista) It looks like spring fishing has sprung in the West Delta. While sturgeon continue to bite in the lower end of the Sacramento River and throughout Suisun Bay, hot trolling action has gotten going above Rio Vista. The more the...

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Tips & Tactics for Sturgeon
Modern Sturgeon Fishing

Modern Sturgeon Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Over the past decade the Northern California sturgeon fishing scene has changed a great deal. There have been far reaching changes in...

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Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 2

Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 2

Written By: Cal Kellogg

A lot of guys believe that the best time to hook a sturgeon in during the dead of winter. In reality this is actually one of the worst...

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Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 1

Fall Sturgeon Advice: Part 1

Written By: Cal Kellogg

A lot of guys believe that the best time to hook a sturgeon is during the dead of winter. In reality this is actually one of the worst...

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