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Are u using smelt or oolies? smelt sometimes do not work near as well....I found anyways, as I through away the package after 1 day as oolies r the reel thang!

Whenever I use a fin fish for sturgeon I just take off the head, and let the rest be, kind of like a cut plug, and I find that the fish of course have way better action in the water, which not only attracts the fish but makes em' way more agressive on the bite! I guess maybe they think the fish is getting away! oh and for rigging them I just put the hook through half of the meat just b4 the tail, and do about 2-4 half hitch knots on the way up...depends how big the fish is of course!

Just my opinion on that

And also if u were using smelt near the island 22 area...they are not as effective up high, around the mission area yes, as the purpose for the sturgeon moving down there is to feast on the oolies....

We have done well up in the Chilliwack area so far this yr lost one over 9 feet and got several around 4-5 feet.....roe roe and more roe...eels....and anything else that is a natural bait in the river....maybe try squawbies or crawdads...they are very effective when presented properly....another key thing is now that the freshet has hit, this means that the fish have moved out of the deep holes that they stay in during the winter...so now u have sturgeon scattered everywhere! this time of year I like to fish the shallow shelfs and edges on the holes....not saying all the sturgeon are out of the deep holes....but we noticed in the past that during the high water we had hooked a lot more sturgeon (3-5ft) on the shelfs and edges than we actually did in the holes....except we hooked more big ones in the deeper slots.... :-\

Next time out in the wack area, try tossing your bait a little closer to the edge of the hole....we did that last year and landed 3 in 1 hour in 12 feet of water! 2 5's and a 4 ;D
 

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Nope, they're not the reel thang! Those must of been columbia river smelt.....the sturgeon are not the biggest fans of them up here (they r down there) up here the oolichans (a form of smelt to the fraser) are totally the ticket! But they are now harder to find...I heard that Hubs in Abby got a load of em' in....they still might have some!
 
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