Fall Giants make for wicked Sturgeon fishing!
October is every angling guides dream month on the Fraser river British Columbia, or at least it should be. This October is par for the course for us and our fishing guests. Very large fish are stacked in the Fraser river and they’re looking to fill those bellies with salmon. If you’re a White Sturgeon you know winter is coming and food will be scarce by December. If you’re a dedicated Sturgeon guide there’s no better time of year to make happy clients. All this wicked Sturgeon action takes place from the Chilliwack area and downstream to the ‘hotspot’ Mission, BC.
Sturgeon feeding gluttony
Fraser river White Sturgeon will take advantage of the Fall Salmon runs. There’s a bounty of food and choice swirling along the depths of this big deep river. If you want hookups you better know what, when and where to fish. Plus a trick or two! We do and so our clients end up with sore arms, sweat and smiles all around. We love it! I have fought many giant fish in my time and loved every minute of it but more so I love watching other anglers have thrills. By mid October there’s lots of fresh Chum salmon in the river. Their scent triggers the Whites into a selective gorge just like a specific midge ‘hatch’ on a Rainbow stuffed lake! October & November Sturgeon candy aka Chum roe is a wicked bait. ‘Steaks’ also do the trick.
White Sturgeon don’t give up easily
The battles often exceed that of any anglers dream. I often hear all kinds of expletives, groaning, laughter, disbelief and so on. How you going to stop a runaway train? You can’t. But what you can do is hold on and tough it out. Technique is key and I am often coaching the rookies as I maneuver the boat downstream following the fish in our dance of power struggles. Big Sturgeon seem to know the river better than we do. They will try to find a snag or gnarly stump that has found it’s grave on the river bottom. When this happens it requires luck and strategy to free the line. The odds aren’t stacked in our favour!
If we do it right and manage to come out ahead we’ll be rewarded with a photo session along some sandy beach or gravel bar along this giant Fraser river. The Sturgeon will be released rather quickly right after some nice pics and a measure. We are proud to have a survival rate of 100% on our carefully handled fish!