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 Take Center Stage As High Flows Muddy Water

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
December 19, 2014

(Redding) The big rain and big flows blew out the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers for striper anglers, but the sturgeon bite rolls forward and may actually improve with freshwater flushing the system.

“Up until the big storm hit us and...

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Anglers Target Stripers In Port, Deepwater Channel

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 19, 2014

(Sacramento) Salmon season ended in the Sacramento River on December 16 and fishermen are now focusing on striped bass fishing in the Port of Sacramento, Deep Water Channel and Delta.

“The port and channel is producing schoolie stripers...

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Chinooks, Sturgeon Provide Top Late Fall Excitement

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 10, 2014

(Knights Landing) Beautiful, bright late fall-run Chinook salmon are hitting in the Knights Landing and Verona areas and the first sturgeon of the season are starting to show in the Sacramento River.

“My cousin, Mike Reimers, and I caught...

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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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