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Sturgeon fishing in Minnesota

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I’m headed to Minnesota for a fishing trip and I’m keen to try my hand at sturgeon fishing. What length of leader do you use and what pound test line of leader works best? What hook do you use? What bait do you use?

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  1. Chris A. on Dec 28, 2012 Reply

    Hey Liam, are you headed to the St. Croix river area or Rainy River? Both good, just wondering.

    Anyway, here are some answers. Hope they help.

    1. You need a 7 to 8 foot rod, the sturdier the better.

    2. Use non-stretching braided line. This lets you set the hook fast. Less chance of gut hooking the fish that way, since most sturgeon fishing is catch and release and you don’t want to kill the fish if you can help it. They’re rare and they breed slow, so it’s best to leave them alive for the future.

    3. Some guys say you need 20 pound test line for the leader. I think you should go with 50 pound test line, minimum. Depending, you might go all the way up to 80 pounds. But I really think you shouldn’t go less than 50.

    4. Make the leader somewhere from a foot to a foot and a half. 14 to 16 inches is probably the best range.

    5. Circle hooks are usually best for sturgeon. Get a medium-large one, with an offset point if you can. Inline points aren’t as good for setting the hook quickly in a sturgeon’s mouth.

    6. For bait, a mix of crawlers and fathead minnows works best. Put both on the hook. The sturgoen love that.

    7. Put on a 1 to 3 oz pyramid weight depending on how strong the current is etc. You’ve got to keep your bait deep and still. Anchor your boat at two points if you can to keep it motionless.

    Good luck, hope you catch a big sturgeon first day!

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    • Liam on Dec 31, 2012 Reply

      Wow – what a great answer – thank you!

      I’m headed to the St. Croix river area. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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