What does a Sturgeon Look Like?
The Sturgeon is a prehistoric-looking fish that 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 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. 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. The Sturgeon changes its diet throughout the year depending on what is available and this is what makes the Sturgeon grow so big. There are strict rules around handling Sturgeon in Canada and these must be followed.
Where is the best place to catch a Sturgeon?
The Fraser River in Canada is one of the best places to target Sturgeon in the world and we can offer you the chance to duel with the this Jurassic beast and enable you to sample the thrill of hooking a Sturgeon. The Fraser River Sturgeon fishing will well and truly get you hooked and you will want to come back year after year. The town of Chilliwack is where you will be based and then go out fishing each day on the Fraser River fully guided Sturgeon fishing. The White Sturgeon lives predominately in the large Estuarine waters of the big rivers of North America but 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.
How to catch a Sturgeon?
The 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 bait to be picked up 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, Sturgeon are 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.
What is the best time to catch Sturgeon?
The main Sturgeon Fishing season runs from April to late October with the warmer months being more productive for numbers of fish but the average size is smaller. Then April late September through to the end of October is the best time for the large Sturgeon. Each odd year the Fraser River receives a huge annual run of pink Salmon, this happens around the beginning of September on each odd year and the Sturgeon go on a mass feeding frenzy but booking dates at this time of the year has to be done well in advance.
Sportquest Holidays have years of knowledge organising Sturgeon fishing holidays to Canada and can talk you through the finer details, make recommendations on when best to travel and can completely tailor your holiday to suit your requirements. We offer single angler trips to Fraser river which are very popular. We have many videos showcasing the Sturgeon Fishing in Canada on our YouTube channel plus we have a dedicated Freshwater Facebook page where we post fishing reports, blogs and other useful information including special offers. If you would like to talk to any of our dedicated freshwater experts you can either call the office on 01603 407596, email us at email@example.com or contact us through any of our social media platforms.