- Known As: Trophy Quality Sport Fish
- Average Length: 38 to 54 in Fork Length
- Average Weight: 50 to 100 lbs.
Catch and Release: YEAR-ROUND
Sturgeon are the largest, fresh water game fish in North America. Up to 12 feet in length. Anglers from all over the world travel here to catch the fish of a lifetime. The Columbia River is strictly managed as a catch and release fishery.
- Habitat: Sturgeons live on the bottom of slow-moving rivers, bays, and estuarine areas. During the day, they keep to deep slow moving pools and dark corners. At night, they come to shallows and base of rapids. In the spring spawning season they prefer rivers with swift currents and large cobble.
Anadromous: Mature in saltwater, return to freshwater rivers to spawn
Iteroparous: Spawns many times in life
- Diet: Sturgeons are well-adapted to finding food. Using their taste buds (located on the outside of their mouth) and their four barbels, they'll test if a possible food source is edible before sucking it up into their toothless mouths. Sturgeons are primarily bottom feeders with a varying diet. Juveniles feed on insects, small fish and crustaceans. Adults feed on crustaceans, mollusks, lampreys, smelt, shad, and dead fish.