Sturgeon Fishing British Columbia – Best times to fish the Fraser River
The Fraser River is NOT Closed for Sturgeon Fishing despite some very inaccurate media stories!
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 very accurate. Combine good numbers of fish plus exceptional knowledge and you get a success rate over 99%.
But is it reliable year round for a quality angling experience? We think so.
Our article Best Times for Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser River BC answers the following questions:
- What is the best month for Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River?
- Does Sturgeon fishing slow down at certain times?
- When should I book to catch a Big Sturgeon?
Don’t forget that most of our Sturgeon charters and multi day packages book well in advance. Please Contact us soon to reserve your time on the water with our Sturgeon guides.
Sturgeon fishing season & best times
– month by month –
Quick fact: Our success rates are over 99% year round !!
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 and often fish over 6 and 7 feet are caught during this time. If you’re looking to beat the Winter blues then a January Sturgeon charter will do the trick. Read: February 12 Sturgeon Report article.
Note: Many 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. BUT there are resident goliaths that are still available.
March & April
By mid March things really start to change. 2 events are merging and Sturgeon are right in the middle of it. Firstly, water temps are rising and secondly the annual Spring run of Smelts is entering the Fraser River by late March. It’s buffet time for Sturgeon! 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. Catching 10 – 20 scrappy fish per charter is not uncommon!
You WILL catch fish every day!
Our spring time Sturgeon Fishing Deal is a excellent value. Call us for last minute specials.
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 might not be high at times but quality of fish is very impressive. Catching fish every day is normal.
Read: May Sturgeon fishing article about a magnificent 9 footer.
A great 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 on our select baits. 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 many other months. We get lots of big Sturgeon in the 7 to 9 foot range plus lots of 5 and 6 footers. If Winter hasn’t set a freezing grip on the region the fishing will be hot through the later half of the month. Chum and Coho salmon are still readily available in the first half of November as an added bonus.
You WILL catch fish every day!
Read November Fishing Recap article