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
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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Sturgeon Seekers Soak Eel, Ghost And Roe

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
February 18, 2015

(Pittsburg) Keeper, shaker and oversize sturgeon continue to be hooked by West Delta anglers. Stripers are biting too, but the focus for most has been hooking a keeper diamond back.

“On our last trip we got a 51 inch keeper and a couple...

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Winter Sturgeon Bite Going Strong

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
February 4, 2015

(Pittsburg) After a slow period at the beginning of January, the sturgeon bite has bounced back big time and a lot of keepers and jumbo shakers are being landed. Stripers are beginning to show once again too, as fish move out of San Pablo...

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Tips & Tactics for Sturgeon
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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Delta Fishing Success: Understanding The Influence Of Tides And Weather

Delta Fishing Success: Understanding The Influence Of Tides And Weather

Written By: Cal Kellogg

The most influential natural factor impacting how, when and where Delta fish feed, including stripers and sturgeon are tidal fluctuations....

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