Sturgeon Fishing British Columbia – Best times to fish the Fraser River
Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has a reputation for providing one of the world’s most reliable Big Game sport fishing venues. And in the opinions of our global game fishing anglers over the past 2 decades this statement is fairly accurate. But is it reliable year round for a quality angling experience? Find out by reading the month by month analysis of our Fraser River Sturgeon fishing season below.
One of our British anglers says it best about Sturgeon fishing: “the sheer power of these fish has to be seen to be believed”
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Sturgeon fishing season & best times
– month by month –
Jan & Feb
Productive fishing will happen when milder weather rolls in and the water temp goes up by a degree or 2. Lots of 3-4 footers but we do get’em up to 8.5 feet during this time. Read: February 12 Sturgeon Report article.
Note: A lot of the giant Sturgeon have gone out to the Pacific Ocean for the winter to do whatever they do out there, which is probably eat stuff.
March & April
Oh boy it’s all coming together now. 2 events are merging and Sturgeon are right in the middle of it. Which also means so are you if you’re on one of our boats. First, water temps are rising and secondly the annual Spring run of Smelts is entering the Fraser River. It’s buffet time! Having the right bait and fishing precise locations means you will have incredible fishing! This is the best action of the year but often overlooked.
You WILL catch fish every day!
Our spring time Sturgeon Fishing Deal is a excellent value.
May & June
The Fraser is on the rise due to the snowpack melt within it’s massive watershed. This doesn’t mean poor fishng however. There are some true giants entering the river from the ocean. Numbers of fish caught is not high but quality of fish can be very impressive. Catching fish every day is normal.
Read: May Sturgeon fishing article about a magnificent 9 footer.
One of the Best months for hooking up with ass kicking giant White Sturgeon. Expect to get big fish every day. Fresh monsters from the Pacific are entering the Fraser river and are more than happy to munch down some food. Proper bait is essential if you want any form of success. We know exactly what their weakness is and rest assured we have it on board. Many of our repeats from Europe and Canada book for July so they can wrestle with Sturgeon in the 8 to 12 foot range. Many 300 – 400 lb Sturgeon are taken every July.
The first half of August is often spectacular for lots of menacing big White Sturgeon like the 400Kg one that one of our clients landed on August 5, 2016. The later half of August is still a good time for lots of big fish. They are on the prowl for food and we have what they crave. Sturgeon in the 7 to 10 foot range are everywhere and there’s a true king of ’em all somewhere in the deep measuring over 12 feet, possibly 15 feet. A 15 foot White Sturgeon weighs a massive 700Kg. Landing this will be next to impossible but just to see it breach the water will send chills down your spine!
Read about the 800 lb White Sturgeon from 2016.
A very good month for big Sturgeon. There are many in the 6 to 9 foot range. The Fall is traditionally a excellent time for Fraser Sturgeon and the Chinook Salmon run is in full swing. Catching big fish every day is very common.
It’s magic time for a ton of feisty energetic White Sturgeon especially in the Mission BC area. Double header 7 footers? Yeah that happens! October is certainly our heaviest month for bookings and should be well planned out to obtain prime dates. October is also prime time for salmon fishing.
—You can easily catch Salmon and Sturgeon in the same day—
If you can’t make October then plan for the first 2 weeks of November.
The first 2 weeks of November are prime just like October. We get lots of big Sturgeon in the 7 to 9 foot range plus lots of 5 and 6 footers. Chum and Coho salmon are still readily available.
You WILL catch fish every day!
Read November Fishing Recap article
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