Atlantic Sturgeon

Born in freshwater, the Atlantic Sturgeon migrates out to the saltwater of the ocean and then returns to spawn in freshwater.

Atlantic Sturgeon

Region: Northeast, South
Habitat: Bay, Ocean, River

How to identify Atlantic Sturgeon

The Atlantic Sturgeon is relatively large fish species coming in at nearly 16 feet long and weighing as much as 800 pounds. Their back is dark greenish-brown or black with blue hues, which is much more subdued on the flanks and white abdomens. Prominent rows of five scutes are positioned along the length of it body. To tell this fish apart from other species of sturgeons, pay attention to its small mouth, unique scute patterning on the tail, and its relatively large size. Along its snout the Atlantic Sturgeon has four barbels. The tail of the Atlantic Sturgeon make it look similar to a Shark because it has mismatched lobes—one being large than the other (as on the tail of a shark.)

Where to catch Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic Sturgeon are found in waters along the Atlantic coast or inland freshwater rivers from Florida to Maine. While they are still young, Atlantic Sturgeon venture out to the open ocean. Once it’s time to spawn, they return to freshwater rivers.

Range: Northeast, South
Atlantic Sturgeon Fishing Map

The following are habitats where you can catch Atlantic Sturgeon:

How to catch Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic Sturgeon are button dwellers and feed along the bottom of the ocean on marine worms, crustaceans, and fish (including Sand Lance.) As an endangered species, Atlantic sturgeon are rare and quite elusive. The best methods for catching Atlantic Sturgeon, as with other sturgeon species, is bottom fishing and drift fishing.

The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Atlantic Sturgeon:

Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Atlantic Sturgeon

The most effective bait for catching Atlantic Sturgeon is marine worms, however, they will also bit on insects, clams and other small marine crustaceans.

The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Atlantic Sturgeon: