View Full Version : Fishing for sturgeon

10-04-2005, 06:43 PM
When is the best months to start fishing for sturgeon? Also is there a better area then other places? I have only caught one keeper in the last five years.Thank god I do better on kokanee then sturegon. I do pretty good on stripers also, But can not do as good on sturgeon fishing.Retired

10-04-2005, 07:12 PM
In general sturgeon fishing picks up after the 2nd or 3rd rain of the season, and lasts until the early spring. That being said, sturgeon can be found all year long.

Location all depends on the individual and local knowledge of the water. Pick the brains of other fishermen and scout out different waters. Also, go back over old threads on this board. A lot of guys give out clues about different areas.

I like San Pablo Bay from November through March. Bottom structure is much more subtle than up in the delta. A trench or ledge might be defined by a slow drop of no more than 3 to 5 feet. I'll focus in on areas like than where I pick up any kind of action, even bait marks, on the sonar.

10-04-2005, 07:22 PM
After the first real good rain is usualy the best time to start. If you can find some clam beds or, on ledges just before or after a whole depending on the tide. I even fish where a small slough will meet a main slough. Hope this helps.

10-04-2005, 08:09 PM
when we examined the stomach contents of the sturgeon we caught at the derby, they all had clams in their stomachs. interesting considering you usually catch them on ghost shrimp, grass shrimp, or pileworms.

10-04-2005, 08:12 PM
Clams make up about 90% of a Sturgeons diet. I guess anything else is just desert.

10-04-2005, 10:31 PM
8)Retired where you live is key to sturgeon fishing , say sac mid oct to march. West delta Pittsburg antioch benicia we fish sturgeon 24/7/365 but knowledge is key and when where what bait to use also. 8)

10-05-2005, 05:24 PM
always a good thing to listen to the Killer :) .. he knows a little somethin about dino huntin!

10-06-2005, 10:24 AM
Do the clam shells help with their digestive system? I've only caught two keepers and both had clams in the belly.

10-06-2005, 03:53 PM
8)I would believe it is like us eating grains and nuts, everything needs there pipes cleaned. :o

10-06-2005, 07:12 PM
some more than others ;) ;) ;)


10-06-2005, 07:20 PM
It all depends on how much you use the pipe between cleanings ;)

10-06-2005, 07:34 PM
diego.....wrong pipe..killer was talking about nuts and grains cleaning out the digestive track.....but my other pipe gets used regularly.... ;)


10-07-2005, 03:02 AM
Pipes are made to transport things...

..even windpipes...

..and BOTH mine could use a cleaning!

Sorry, I've got to cut this reply short.

Its 4:03AM and I have 17 minutes ;D ;D ;D

10-07-2005, 09:35 AM
so does that mean the "green" sturgeons attract some fisherman more than others? And and would their favorite structure be...water pipes? ;D