Near-Record 154-Pound Lake Sturgeon Caught, Tagged and Released in New York

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DEC biologists captured—and tagged—15 lake sturgeon.
Courtesy NYDEC

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) personnel in late October were working on a lake sturgeon population survey on sprawling 40-mile-long Cayuga Lake, one of the state’s Finger Lakes near the town of Ithaca.

During the survey they caught, tagged, and released 15 protected lake sturgeon, including a near-record size fish weighing 154-pounds. It measured 77.6-inches long, according to a report from

The heavyweight fish is nearly double the weight of the previous Cayuga Lake sturgeon DEC has documented, bettering the previous big fish weighing almost 84 pounds in 2019.

154-pound sturgeon
The 154-pound Cayuga Lake sturgeon.
Courtesy NYDEC

The 154-pound near Cayuga Lake record is only five pounds shy of the New York record lake sturgeon,…

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