Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Charters

Top Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Destinations

Best Sturgeon Fishing Charters in Fraser River

Top Sturgeon Fishing Charters in Fraser River

Sturgeon Fishing in Fraser River

  • Size 180 to 800lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore

(Acipenseridae spp.)

If you’re a freshwater angler who’s never experienced the thrill of Fraser River Sturgeon fishing, then you’re missing out. There are few better places on the planet to chase these prehistoric beasts which are the most prized freshwater catch in the area. Not only do they come in colossal sizes, but their acrobatic stunts could easily earn them the name of the “freshwater Marlin.”
Fraser River, the longest and one of the most popular fishing rivers in British Columbia, is world-famous for its spectacular Sturgeon fishery. Over 850 miles long, the river cuts its way into the unforgiving, yet beautiful landscape of the province, providing White Sturgeon with countless spots to thrive. Because these dinosaur fish are victims of overfishing, Fraser River is a strictly catch-and-release fishery.

Where to Go

To go after your trophy Sturgeon, you need to find that perfect honey hole, and on the Lower and Middle Fraser River, they abound. From Stevenston to Lillooet, there’s over 180 miles of river to enjoy fishing in the whitewater rapids and in calmer waters. Since these waters can be treacherous, heading out with one of many Fraser River Sturgeon fishing charters is a wise choice. The boats usually run out of Mission, Lillooet, and Chilliwack.

The Tidal Fraser River

The tidal area of the Fraser River that stretches from Steveston to Mission is teeming with healthy-sized White Sturgeon. Whether you’re fishing during the outgoing or incoming tide, you’ve got good chances of hooking something massive. Here, more than anywhere else on the river, the recipe for success is smelly live bait. Because the tide can carry the pungent smell of the bait further away, chances of landing a Sturgeon are much bigger. Some fishing treasure troves include Glen Valley Regional Park, Middle Arm in Richmond, and Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley.

The Non-Tidal Fraser River

The part of the Fraser River running from Mission to Hope is called “non-tidal.” This is still the lower portion of the river, but fishing from shore isn’t usually possible because access points to the river are few and far between. Boat fishing, however, is very productive, especially when you chase your catch around the spawning spots like tributary creeks. These waters are the playground of super-sized Sturgeon, and if you prefer to fish in the shallow and slow waters, this portion of the river is perfect for you. This area of British Columbia is also known as the Fraser Valley, and boasts some of the best Sturgeon fishing grounds in the country. Hell’s Gate and the Boston Bar are the favorite local Sturgeon fishing spots.

Mid-Section of the Fraser River

If you compare the lower Fraser River with a cuddly domesticated cat, then the middle portion of the river is its feral cousin. Fishing in the area between Lillooet and Hope is not for the weak-kneed anglers because the waters are fast, deep, and full of unforgiving rapids. This is where the company of a skillful fishing guide is a must if you want to safely navigate the rough terrain and land a huge Sturgeon.
Aside from the high-octane experience, the mid-section of the Fraser river sports fantastic fishing opportunities. The Fraser River Canyon is a premier fishing spot, if you know where to cast your line. Your prey will be lurking for food at drop-offs in the river bed, underneath the thundering rapids, so fishing conditions will be much more extreme as you’re trying to find your way out of the whitewater and hook a monster. Because fewer anglers venture in these waters, Sturgeon are much more eager to take your bait.

How to Fish

  • To say that Sturgeon is peculiar looking would be an understatement. Instead of expected scales, on this fish you will find a bony armor, and their skin is similar to Sharks’ skin. You will need heavy duty tackle to reel in this dinosaur. Use a strong 11’ rod with a 130 lb braided or monofilament line, depending on your preferences.

  • White Sturgeon can grow to be over 10 feet long, weighing well over 1,000 pounds. With such a description, you’d think that they’re lazy and slow moving, but they’re actually the complete opposite. Jumping completely out of the water is their signature move, and when you hook one, make no mistake, it will fight ferociously! This is when a 25–30” braided nylon Sturgeon leader comes in handy.

  • Sturgeon is one of the biggest freshwater fish on the planet, and they respond best to odors, which is why super stinky live bait is the best way to attract them. Meat scraps, salmon roe, shrimp, and chunky worm balls are Sturgeon’s favorites.

  • This fish is a bottom dweller, with feeding patterns similar to those of a Carp, which means that letting live bait sink to the bottom (a bell sinker will do the trick) is the best way to hook one.

  • If you’re fishing for trophy Sturgeon in the lower Fraser River, know that river eulachon are like a delicacy to Sturgeon in spring, and they feast on Salmon remains during the fall. It’s a good idea to use these for live bait if you’re fishing in that period.


When to Go

Another advantage of Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is that it’s a year-round fishery, but the best time to catch your trophy fish is from April to November. The lower Fraser River is the place to be in the spring, while late fall months promise first-class fights and catches in the Fraser River Canyon. In the winter months, the fishing action is slower and it’s usually the smaller fish that take the bait.
Fraser River Sturgeon fishing is, without a doubt, one of the most exhilarating angling experiences in Canada. Once you feel the strength of a huge Sturgeon peeling off the line, you’re hooked for life!

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Seasons

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Sturgeon fishing in Fraser River is highly variable throughout the year. High season is April to November. Low season is January to February. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Sturgeon Fishing in Fraser River

Half Day trip with Captain Brandon
Vladimir B. fished with Mainlanders Sport Fishing on September 12, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take more warm waterproof clothes and believe in your luck :)
Half day with Capt Junior
Bill J. fished with Bon Chovy Fishing Charters on August 16, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Jacket or light raincoat comes in handy. Know that the seals will nab a meal off your hook when around
Half day trip with Scott
Charles N. fished with Mongoose Striker Fishing Charters on July 19, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Scott at Mongoose fishing charters is top notch. Great boat, great captain.
6 Hour Trip
Frank M. fished with Pursuit Sport Fishing Charters on July 16, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Wear layers of clothing along with rain gear
Fishing with Mark
Connie S. S. fished with FishOnAdventures on May 27, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Beautiful area and great for boating or fishing off the pier.
4 hours of fishing joy
Mark J. fished with Mainlanders Sport Fishing on May 3, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Big hungry fish after the winter famine - not easy to catch but the quality of the fishing is excellent
6 hours Sturgeon fishing trip at Fraser River with Capt. Matt.
Constancio L. fished with STS Guiding Service - Mission on July 5, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Captain Matt was a knowledgeable and kind captain to guide us through the experience.
Half day to full day
Kyle J. fished with Saltwater-City Fishing Charters on June 23, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes call captain Tim at saltwater city charters had a great time out with him