A whale of a day for Sturgeon Fishing!
Spring time Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is a overlooked gem. It is one of the Best Times for Sturgeon Fishing.
It’s March 30th and our boat is booked for a Spring time Sturgeon Fishing Deal. We start our trip at 9am and head up stream 15 minutes from the Mission marina. The air is crisp and the sun is out. It’s a beautiful day to be on the Fraser river!
Everyone is pumped for a good day of Sturgeon fishing including myself. I can sense that the results are going to be good today. We’ve had several days of stable sunny weather which makes for happy fish. The Sturgeon are feeding heavily on Fraser river Eulachons(smelts). This buffet makes them very energetic after a winter with just scraps to fight over.
Spot #1 and the anchor is dropped in 30 feet of water in slow current. Fish were marked on the sounder so I knew we would likely get a bite very soon. 3 rods were casted out with 3 different baits that would sit on the bottom of the Fraser river enticing the lurking White Sturgeon.
And the Sturgeon action begins!
Just a few minutes in our first spot and it’s fish on! Everyone is excited. Is it going to be one of the 9 or 10 footers that have been caught recently? Well, not this one. It turns out to be a 3.5 footer. At 3.5 feet it’s power still amazes the angler who is fighting it.
Sturgeon #2 is BIG! Line is effortlessly screaming from the Shimano Talica 16 reel as if the fish had an appointment 60 miles down river and was late for it! I suspected this fish was one of the giant Sturgeon we were hoping for. It’s power was to be admired and feared. We were just about to pull anchor and pursue the giant beast down river when the hook came undone from the fishes lips. There was a moment or two of grief on the boat, but also a buzz. Peoples heart rates were up and anticipation soared. Would we hook another monster today?
Spot after spot and it’s fish on every time!
We had action in every spot we dropped into. We had the right bait obviously. And the Sturgeon had the right attitude. Life was good for everyone. All in all we probably had 3 dozen chances of hookups. But the final tally was 15 fish landed and 2 monsters lost. Plus several sore but happy arms.