I once caught a fish . . . This Big!

This was the biggest fish I have ever caught . . .  This picture was taken after 45 minutes of westling with what felt like an underwater horse.

While fishing with my cousin up on the mighty snake river near Twin Falls Idaho, we caught a Sturgeon. A member of the shark family, they are bottom feeders that look alot like a cross between a catfish and a shark.  They get pretty big and as you can see, the one we caught was between 7 and 8 feet long.  Because they are members of the shark family, you can’t take them out of the water since their bodies are not made to be out of the water their body wieght  will suffocate them if you take them out (plus, its Idaho law that you can’t take them out).  

You may be thinking, “What does this have to do with food and cooking and why are Sturgeon (which are normally ocean dwellers) in a freshwater river?”  Well, here is the answer to both.

As far as food goes, does anyone know where we get caviar from?  If you guessed Sturgeon, then you are right.  Which is yet another reason that we don’t want to harm them by taking them out of the water.

What is this ocean fish doing in the middle of Idaho?  Answer, living it up on the baby salmon that we fishmen use to catch them.  Years ago, the Snake River went all the way out to the ocean, which allowed the Sturgeon to swim up the river into Idaho.  When the dams began to be put in, the Sturgeon became trapped and have thrived in the Snake River ever since.

So the next time you go to a sushi bar and see some of those orange fish eggs, you now have an idea about how they may have gotten there and who/what they came from.

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sumousister said,

June 15, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

wow! in idaho? i better get my husband to go! did you make sushi or sashimi out of it? maybe not sashimi if the fish was in the fresh water for so long… anyhow, wow. we live right by the snake river so we gotta go look for one! dang, good job!

Nyron said,

October 9, 2009 @ 12:42 am

Hey guys. I hope that is not a toy that you have in the water cause I went fishing like 3 times and i did not even catch my own bait..lol… What is the best bait for catfish?

P.S Nice catch

Vladimir said,

March 30, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

I remember last time I ate the sturgeon was in Ukraine…
It’s amazing how this fish has no bones, even the center spine is soft.

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