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Simple Rigging for Giant Sturgeon

Fishing for sturgeon should be on every angler's bucket list. (Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)
Fishing for sturgeon should be on every angler's bucket list. (Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)

Learn to catch North America's largest freshwater fish with these simple rigging tactics

With all the focus on the millions of salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, it’s easy to overlook the tremendous white sturgeon’s rebound. Decimated by commercial overfishing at the turn of the last century, the white sturgeon fishery has been rebuilt, attracting anglers from all over the world to tussle with this amazing beast (a 10-foot fish can weigh 500 to 700 pounds) that are famous for airborne acrobatics during battle.

Variables like time of year, water temperature and dam generation schedules all affect the activity level of the fish. Sturgeon generally favor baits abundant in the river, feeding most actively when dead fish are passing through the turbines of hydroelectric dams.

Prime Times to Fish

Peak feeding takes place when water temperature is between 50 degrees and 65 degrees. Large sturgeon seem to feed little when the water is cooler than 42 degrees and also are less active in water over 65 degrees, though small fish may bite any time.

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