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
Fishermen, Tribal Leaders Rally Against Brown Water Plan

Fishermen, Tribal Leaders Rally Against Brown Water Plan

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 18, 2014

Restore the Delta (RTD) and many other groups held a big rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, featuring the delivery of a “Death of the Delta" coffin containing thousands of public comments opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s...

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Catfish Anglers Prosper!

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 21, 2014

If you want to catch fish in the West Delta, catfish are a great bet. There are stripers and sturgeon in the mix too, but the bite for both species has been hit and miss at best.

For catfish, anglers are advised to soak standard offerings...

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Sturgeon, Stripers And Catfish Reward Bait Soakers

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 10, 2014

Summer has arrived and Delta fishing has shifted into a summer pattern. With the winds blowing hard almost everyday, fishing pressure has been light despite the fact that sturgeon, stripers and catfish are all available.

For stripers,...

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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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