Sturgeon Fishing British Columbia – Best times to fish the Fraser River
Is Fraser River Sturgeon fishing productive and reliable year round? In our opinion there are NO bad months for Sturgeon.
Our article Best Times for Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser River BC answers the following questions:
What are the best months for Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River?
Does Sturgeon fishing slow down at certain times?
When should I book to catch a Big Sturgeon?
When should I book for lots of action?
Don’t forget that most of our Sturgeon charters and multi day packages book well in advance. We’ve guided for Sturgeon in the Best producing location since 1996 – Mission, British Columbia. Please Contact us soon to reserve your time on the water with our pro Sturgeon guides.
Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has a remarkable reputation for providing one of the world’s most reliable Big Game sport fishing venues. That’s why so many of our clients who pursue Big Game sport fish all over the planet keep coming back here and telling us why. Our guests tell us over and over how their expectations were either met or completely SHATTERED! The main reason for the amazing fishing here is a very successful Catch and Release program since 1994. Just as important are the high numbers of big Sturgeon, prime feeding habitat, and our own exceptionally knowledgeable guides. This translates into a success rate over 99% on any single day charter and 100% on any multi day Sturgeon package.
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This article focuses on this section of the Fraser river
From Chilliwack down stream to Mission and Maple Ridge. This is in the heart of the Fraser Valley. It’s a 40 km section of the Fraser River that’s 60 minutes East of Vancouver, Canada.
These 2 overlooked Months provide wicked fishing!:
Many anglers who want to travel here and catch that trophy White Sturgeon have heard some out dated(misinformation perhaps) that “you better book for September or October” or that Sturgeon fishing is only good when it’s mid summer T-Shirt weather. We don’t know where people get this info from so we’re going to straighten out things right now. Sure there’s very good fishing during the Fall, BUT there’s even BETTER or equally good fishing available during these 2 over looked months. That’s April and again in November(primarily Nov 1 – 21). This certainly doesn’t mean you should cancel your Sept/Oct plans. Those are worthy months. It’s just that there’s some ridiculously good Sturgeon fishing in April & November.
April is the first big feed of the year and the action is nuts. This is a time you will get action all day long on 5 to 7 footers that are jacked on the Fraser River spring smelt run! We also get 8 ft plus in April!
November is the last feed of the year and they know it. There’s a lot of BIG fish(8 to 10 ftrs) around looking to do some fattening up before Winter sets in. We know where they feed. We have what they crave.
Peak times for good Sturgeon Fishing is March 15 to November 15 but they are available year round.
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Fraser River Sturgeon fishing season & best times: month by month
Covering the best Sturgeon fishing section on the Fraser River: Chilliwack downstream to Mission – Maple Ridge
January & February
Productive Sturgeon fishing will happen when milder weather rolls in and the water temp goes up by a degree or 2. It’s common for one of these trips to produce 10 – 20 fish!
You can read our Fishing Report to see if conditions are currently right for winter trips.
Lots of 3-6 footers but fish over 6 and 7 feet are also caught during this time. If you’re looking to beat the Winter blues then a January Sturgeon charter will do the trick. The boats have ‘Buddy Heaters’ to keep you warm.
» Read: February 12 Sturgeon Report article.
March Sturgeon Fishing:
By mid March things really start to change. Two key events are merging and Sturgeon are fortunately right in the middle of it.
Firstly, water temperatures are rising and secondly the annual Spring run of Smelts aka Eulachons is entering the Fraser River. This means it’s buffet time for Sturgeon! They have gone the winter with little food so gorging on these high protein, ultra fatty smelts is a absolute welcome and ‘must have’ for them! Having the right bait and fishing precise locations means you will have incredible fishing.
Our Spring Sturgeon Special is in effect for March so it’s a good time to shake off the winter cob webs and enjoy the great outdoor experience of Sturgeon fishing in the Fraser River Valley.
» Read our article on: March Sturgeon Fishing
This is Fraser river sturgeon action!
April Sturgeon Fishing:
A truly incredible fishing experience awaits those who book for April Sturgeon fishing. The Fraser River smelts(Eulachons) are in the river in full force and Sturgeon are going nuts over these highly nutritious treats!
In April 2019 we had 2 lads from England fish with us for 6 consecutive days out of Mission, BC. What they experienced totally shattered anything remotely close to their expectations of perhaps hooking a few over their Fraser River holiday. What they ended up landing was well over 80 Sturgeon in that 6 days. On day 6 they were destroyed. Arms were struggling. Even picking up a celebratory pint would have been a struggle.
» Read about their experience: April Sturgeon Fishing Report
Now is the time to start planning your ultimate BC Sturgeon package!
The remaining Sturgeon months are just below
#1 ‘Bucket List’ River Fishing!
There are few places on Earth that can deliver the consistency of getting big sport fish like Fraser River Sturgeon fishing can. You’ll be going toe to toe with one of the toughest fish on the planet! Sturgeon are known for long screaming runs that exceed 300 meters and tail walking jumps that will probably have you cussing!
- Incredible White Sturgeon fishing from March to late November
- Mission, British Columbia is the world’s White Sturgeon capital
- Catch Salmon & giant Sturgeon on same day September to November
- 100% success rates!
- Stay from 1 to 14 days
- Clean modern lodging under 5 minutes from the Fraser River in Mission BC
- Includes all premium tackle & highly experienced licensed guides
- 20 – 22 foot covered and V8 powered aluminum jet boats
- Optional airport and daily transportation available