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Sturgeon can grow to more than 13 feet long, but you must release any that are not between 46 and 66 inches long.
Sturgeon fishing is best in the winter, and most fishing is done in San Pablo Bay and up into the delta. Sturgeon prefer murky water, and most fishing is done at anchor with bait.
The recreational fishery for white sturgeon remains open all year but has strict limits. The daily limit is one fish that must be between 46 inches and 66 inches total length. The annual limit is three sturgeon per person.
Short or oversized sturgeon must be released. The bait or lure should not be forced upon the fish, it should voluntarily take it. No sturgeon may be taken by trolling, snagging, or use of firearms. Sturgeon may not be gaffed.