Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Sturgeon basics???


rodbuilder

Recommended Posts

Hey all you fishing vets out there. I am looking forward to my first trip up to Rainy and need some info. Are circle hooks the best choice or should be use standard bait hooks? What size hooks should I bring? Also, what size sinkers are best for keeping the bait on the bottom? Thanks for all the help!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Circle hooks would be my choice. Fresh cut bait - filet of sucker is great as is a bunch of crawlers in a net bag. Jigging spoons with a chunk of minnow just bounced on the bottom is also great. Be especially nice to the ones you catch and release - I've read the females take years to mature and may only spawn once every 9 years or so (sounds like my ex-wife!)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sturgeon46...once every 9 years huh?...sounds like my current wife!!!..lol...anyway, thanks for the input. We will definately be gentle with them. I typically fish muskies so I understand the importance of CPR. What size circle hooks should I buy?...and what is a net bag? Sorry I am an idiot...never done this before!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sturgeon 46,

You should have a great time, and if you thought Musky fishing was addictive, wait until you tie into a large sturgeon for a 30-40 minute battle.

Here is my typical set-up for the Rainy River:
-Heavy rod an reel(most any musky rod/reel combo will do, I use St. Croix telescopic fiberglass rods for their durability and Diawa line counter reels as they are the heaviest I own as a walleye guy)

-For line, anything around 15# or up. Mono or superline, doesn't really matter, but I will set my drag lighter with superlines.

-Hooks and sinkers, I use a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook and usually a 1/2oz to over 1oz bell sinker(depending on current strenth) with a small split shot about 12-18 inches above the line to allow the bait to move a little in the current.

-For bait, I mainly use a gob of crawlers on the hook, making sure to leave a couple of longer pieces dangling, not all balled up. I have used large chubs and shiners with some success, but crawlers are my bait of choice.

Good luck, have fun, and bring a big net and a camera to post some pics of your catch.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sorry, my last post should have been for Rodbuilder, not Sturgeon 46. Me Bad

Dean Thorn

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Opie, thanks for the tips!! My lunch hour today will be spent looking for these monster circle hooks and sinkers. Thanks again for the help!. I cannot WAIT to get up there!!...god I love to fish!!!!!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.