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White Sturgeon

Species Spotlight: White Sturgeon

Species:  White Sturgeon

Scientific Name: White Sturgeon Acipenser Transmontanus

Also known as: Sturgeon, Beluga


The White Sturgeon is just one of many species of Sturgeon. They are a prehistoric-looking leviathan that sports a unique life cycle and inhabits the waters of North America and Canada. This monster of the rivers is normally a grey colour with brown specimens also being recorded, with its long snout and super sensitive barbules this is one fish that can be mistaken for no other. The White Sturgeon also has a cartilaginous skeleton and has been known to love anywhere of 100 years and upwards in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific coast and the coast of North America. The Sturgeons body is long and instead of having scales, this fish has bony plates making it a lot harder to be on any predators menu which is the main reason for the fishes long-lived life. The body of the Sturgeon is finished off with a sleek almost Shark like tail making this one super powerful and formidable adversary for any angler.

Where to catch White Sturgeon

White sturgeons are the largest fish living in the Fraser River in Canada. This river is also one of the best places to target White Sturgeon due to its high river population and here at Sportquest Holidays, we can offer you the chance to duel with the this Jurassic beast and enable you to sample the thrill of hooking a Sturgeon. However, these fish can also be found in North American waters.


Average 100lb but they have been recorded up to 1,799lb making them just behind the Beluga Sturgeon in regards of weight.

White Sturgeon Maximum Size

Average 100lb but they have been recorded up to 1,799lb


The main white Sturgeon populations live predominately in the large Estuarine waters and river basins of the large rivers of North America. However, when spawning these fish will migrate long distances into the freshwater areas of these vast expanses of water laying their eggs before moving back to the estuarine areas.

White Sturgeon Fishing Methods

The White Sturgeon is not a hard species to locate and hook in to, the hard part begins once it is hooked. This fish will run like a steam train and jump to try to shake the hooks making for a spectacular fight. This fish will be found in deep soft-bottomed areas of the estuaries where it will be feeding on mainly fish with Herring, Shad, Salmon and Crustaceans being firm favourites in their diets.

Fishing for Sturgeon is best done from a boat, using up-tide tackle and fishing static fish baits. You will anxiously wait for your lead to trip and the line to start peeling off your reel at a ferocious speed as the monster from below becomes hooked. Be prepared for a long fight and do not try to bully your fish in. Sturgeons are a phenomenally strong fish and by trying to get the fish in before it is tired could prove to be very costly. Many of these fish are lost due to this.

Contact us

If this fishing sounds like your type of fishing holiday, head over to our White Sturgeon page to see our full catalogue of exciting destinations and tours available from Sportquest Holidays. You can even get a great look at our Fraser river operation on our Youtube.

Already have your heart set on one of our tours? You can contact our freshwater fishing team on 01603 407596 or by emailing and we’ll take care of everything to get you catching one of these monsters yourself.

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