Why Should You Go Sturgeon Fishing in Fraser River?
BC’s Fraser River and Harrison River systems are home to one of the world’s largest populations of sturgeon. Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Charters is the #1 destination for your favorite game fish that’s grown imperative in such a short space of time, and anglers come from all around the world for these fishing charters, and for the thrill of pursuing monster sized sturgeon as they leap their way along the river.
Meet the Fish
It’s America’s largest freshwater fish. In a full lifespan of over 100 years, it grows by a couple of inches each year, to more than 14 feet long and over 1000 pounds. The sturgeon has a distinctively different look – some say ugly, others think it’s unique. Its skin is not scaly but more like a shark’s skin, with rows of armored scutes, which are small, sharp bony plates. They feed by using their barrel to find food on the bottom of the river, and so their mouths are toothless suckers and the eyes are tiny and not much use to them.
They may live and feed along the river bottom, but once hooked, it will certainly make themselves known at and above the surface. Even larger fish, commonly around 6 feet, will jump and put on a real show, even more so in warmer waters.
Where To Find Them?
While the Fraser River and Harrison systems are the prime areas for sturgeon locally, they are also found in the smaller tributaries of the Fraser. The lower river, from Hells Gate (between Hope and Boston Bar) down to the mouth of the river, is home to a good supply of the white breed.
They tend to be concentrated around seams, holes, and drop-offs in the bottom of the river. They are also plentiful in the quieter backwaters of the Fraser, gathering where more food is available for them.
The flats either side of the dark spots can also pay as a place to drop your bait. 20 to 40 feet of water is the most productive depth, but fish can also be caught at depths of 10 or 65 feet.
Take care navigating through the Fraser River waters. As the depth figures above suggest, the currents can be unpredictable, much more than you might think, and winds can be strong.
When Is The Best Time To Go Fraser River Fishing?
There’s a long window of opportunity for fishing on the Fraser River. March to November are the best months for activity and fish of all sizes, up to the largest examples. The Fraser is open to fish all year round, but the winter months tend to yield smaller, more lethargic fish. Better to leave the fish to feed on the limited supplies of food available in winter and replenish their energy ready for the season ahead.
Fishing on the Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Charters can be a slow process that requires patience. If the barometric pressure is falling, progress will be considerably slower. Even so, if they are not willing in a location after 30 minutes, they’re not coming at all, so move on and try another spot.
Don’t turn your drag all the way in, or you will lose your gear. The fish should be able to run with your bait, and they can take long runs, so give other boats plenty of space.
Taking a sturgeon can be a subtle process. Most times the fish will make a few smaller pulls before it decides to take your offering and run with the bait. This inspection may take up to 10 minutes, and setting your hook too early is a common mistake. Once you feel a steady pull, take up your rod and point it towards the water. Pick up any slack line and firmly set the hook.
You’ll want to keep your boat as stable as possible when fishing from it for important fish. Holding still in the water and not moving around is bound to bring more success in hooking fish. Winds and currents can make a boat unstable, but one inexpensive tip to help the situation just requires a standard size bucket with a hole cut in the center. Then just tie it to the back of the boat, and it will help stabilize the boat.
Do remember that Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing only set up at fisheries are catch and release areas. Good luck fishing them and chasing the sturgeon.