Got Fish!!!! Ontario Fish Story (a big one!)
This Sturgeon was caught at TWO CREEKS CONSERVATION AREA, Wheatley, ON (at Lake Erie)
It weighed over 1,000 lbs and measured out at 11 feet It was 56 inches around the girth and took over 6 1/2 hours, 4 dozen beers, and 4 guys taking turns at the reeling it in.
Any Sturgeon OVER five feet has to be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. This Sturgeon is still alive, just worn out from the fight. They turned him loose after the photo.
Sturgeon is the common name used for some 26 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae. including the genera Acipenser, Huso, Scaphirhynchus and Pseudoscaphirhynchus. The family is also known as the True Sturgeons.
Sturgeons are one of the oldest families of bony fish in existence and native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America.
Distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and occasional great size: Sturgeons ranging from 7–12 feet in length are common, and some species grow up to 18 feet . Most sturgeons are bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. Some are entirely freshwater and very few venture into the open ocean beyond near coastal areas.
Several species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is made into caviar which makes some sturgeons pound for pound the most valuable of all harvested fish. Due to slow-growth and the fact they mature late in life, they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and to other threats, including pollution and habitat fragmentation. Most species of sturgeons are currently considered either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.