Sturgeon Fishing in Idaho

Sturgeon Fishing in Idaho
The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America and could very well be the foundation of many lake monster stories and legends. Sturgeon can reach sizes of 1,500 pounds and 20 feet long and live for more than 100 years. White sturgeon are prehistoric looking, with ridged backs and long toothy mouths. Fishing for sturgeon in Idaho is a popular sport fishing pastime. There are several guides and outfitters that offer trips and charters for sturgeon in the spud state. A valid Idaho fishing license is required for all anglers.

Thomason Outfitters

Thomason Outfitters is based out of Jerome, Idaho, and offers guided sturgeon fishing trips on the Snake River. Thomason Outfitters takes anglers out on a Custom Weld jet boat. All fishing gear, tackle, bait, ice and coolers, and guide are included in the charter fee. Bring warm clothes suitable for the weather, camera, sunglasses and hat, lunch and drinks. According to the outfitter's website, sturgeon caught on charters average between 5 to 7 feet long. Moose, bear, eagles and elk are frequently spotted along the shores of the river during charters.

Thomason Outfitters
09 W. 100N
Jerome, ID 83338

Self-guided: Snake River

You can opt to go without a guide to fish for the leviathans. There are several recommended techniques for fishing sturgeon. Using a heavy butted sensitive tipped rod is a preferred technique. Because sturgeon are bottom feeders, using a smelly bait that is pertinent to the region will yield better results. For the Snake River, try using Roll-Mop Herring. The Hell's Canyon region of the Snake River is a recommended spot to go for sturgeon. During fishing trips along this section of the river, it is possible to see otters, bears, eagles and big horn sheep. The Hells Canyon section of the river can be accessed from Riggins, Idaho, near the Oregon border.

Snake River Guide Service

Snake River Guide Service takes anglers onto the Snake River, near Hells Canyon, and the shared waters between Washington and Idaho. Charters are on a covered boat, to provide sun protection or shelter from inclement weather. All food, drinks and bottled water are provided by the guide service. Fishing gear, tackle, bait and a guide are also included in the charter fee. Bring warm clothing, sunglasses, hat and a camera. Trips are run with catch-and-release ethics to help ensure the health of the fisheries in the region. Watch for bears, eagles and other birds during trips.

Snake River Guide Service
Lewiston, ID

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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