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

Sturgeon And Striper Action Ranges From Hot To Cold

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
November 27, 2014

(Pittsburg) Productive sturgeon and striper fishing is on tap in the West Delta and a lot of quality fish are hitting the decks of both charter and private boats.

“The sturgeon action is up and down right now. One day it’s red hot, the...

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Wayne Braezele Wins First Place In Bass Derby

Written By: Roland Aspiras,
November 3, 2014

(Rio Vista) Anglers participating in the Rio Vista Bass Derby found tough conditions during the three-day spread, with wind a contributing factor.

Wayne Breazeale won first 1st place in the adult striped bass division with  33.46/12.90 He...

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Stripers And Sturgeon Cooperate In West Delta

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
November 3, 2014

(Pittsburg) Fishing is good in the West Delta. Trollers and bait anglers are nailing stripers, sturgeon anglers are finding success while working deep water.

“I wouldn’t describe the sturgeon fishing as red hot, but we’ve been catching...

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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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