Angler Catches Massive Sturgeon, Breaking Idaho Record

While Greg Poulsen usually jokes that he catches the smallest fish on fishing trips, all that changed recently when he landed a record-breaking sturgeon at the C.J. Strike Reservoir in Idaho. Poulsen was able to catch a sturgeon that measured 10 feet, 4 inches, a new Idaho state record as confirmed by Idaho Fish and Game.

He told reporters of his catch, “I got really lucky this time. It (felt) like you’re reeling a refrigerator up off the bottom of the river. As soon as we hooked it up and I started reeling it in, the sturgeon came up and jumped out of the water and it was like something out of ‘Shark Week.’ It was huge.”

The guide who was out with Poulsen estimated the fish weighed 600 pounds. According to officials, “Out of hundreds of fish collected during surveys from the Snake River around C.J. Strike Reservoir, only a handful of sturgeon in this class have been seen.”

The previous record-holding catch was a sturgeon caught in 2019 that was 9 feet, 11.5 inches in length.


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