White sturgeon are the largest North American freshwater fish. They can grow up to 1,500 pounds and live to be 100 years old and have survived relatively unchanged for 200 million years. In Idaho, sturgeons can be found in the Snake, Lower Salmon, and Kootenai Rivers.
In March, Tyler Grimshaw, a 12-year-old boy tied the Idaho sturgeon catch and release record after he caught a massive 9-foot, 11-inch fish on the Snake River. The boy held the fish by himself for 50 minutes. He was accompanied by his father, Lance, and Jones Sport Fishing guide Joe Weisner. Joe Weisner said:
I was excited. A fish of this caliber, I mean, it doesn’t come around very often. I have caught and seen hundreds of these fish. It’s what I do for a living and this one was truly special … It’s an absolute giant. It’s just one of those moments, though, that it was truly, truly incredible. We measured the sturgeon three times to confirm it tied the Idaho catch and release record.
Idaho’s catch and release…