Holy Mackerel (Er, Sturgeon)! Giant Idaho Fish Weighs In At 470 Pounds

Aug 4, 2014

This 10-foot-long female sturgeon was caught on the Snake River. She was measured by Idaho Power biologists Clayton Waller and Chad Reininger.
Credit Courtesy Idaho Power

This, folks, is a 470-pound sturgeon that was recently reeled in, tagged, and released by Idaho Power. The 10-foot-long female was caught in Hells Canyon on the Snake River. Did we mention this fish is 75 years old? That means she was born in 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President.

Idaho Power biologists are working on a survey of sturgeon populations as part of an effort to preserve the fish living in the Snake River. The program is needed to meet its federal license requirements in order to operate hydroelectric dams. 

According to Idaho Fish and Game, white sturgeon can live to be over 100-years-old, and weigh up to 1,500 pounds.

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