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Catmendo

I just received a report from a guy who's son "accidently" snagged a monster lake sturgeon yesterday below the dam in Lockport!
Unfortunately they never came close to landing this fish however they did manage to get a very good look at it, or at least a good look at the tail section of this great fish. The fish was apparently brought to the surface by the tail, the hook was approimately 2 feet up from its tail! For the record they were fishing in the slack water over by the west wall lock channel.
When the fish was brought up to surface they did manage a good look at it's tail section which they described as being 12 to 14inches from tip to tip! Now that would make for one hell'ava big sturgeon!
After a long struggle which lsated apporimately 25 minutes the hook finally dislodged and the struggle came to an abrubt end. At the very least they had the privilege of seeing the fish and I'm glad they shared their experience with me.

Over the years huge sturgeon have been caught and released by a few very fortunate anglers. The first one was a 78 inch fish that was landed back in June of '96. In early June of 2002 another monster that measured 74 inches was caught and photograghed and then released! I'm confident more will be recorded in time and who knows maybe sooner than we think!

Fish Hard!

Stu McKay

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Wiskers

Man that is all we need... Another reason to drool about making another trip up to Stu's LOL LOL LOL... It's bad enough I'm going into withdrawls already from only making it up there once this year so far... Ok Ok Ok, stop twisting my arm Stu..

Fish on..................................

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Red River, Red Lake River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
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Canuck

Rusty: I wont be too cruel and tell you that we only caught 7 sturgeon today. Fished from 7AM til 5PM but I had 3 real rookies, 2 of the fellows never caught a fish and the other guy hooked 2. I am sure they just couldn't feel the nibble that sturgeon do. Oh well, I guess I will just have to fish for kitties at Lockport for the rest of the week, One must do what one must though.

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Wiskers

Ok where were you fishing for Sturgeon at? You must tell me or show me for up there.. That would be a new twist for my next adventure up nort....Golly ya U betcha..

Canuck.. So have you tried any wisker bits yet up there??? Curious how they work for you.. A lot less bait changing.

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Red River, Red Lake River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Ed Carlson

I am all up for that Eh!

I would venture to bet all this high and steady flows this season has more of them huge lake roamers up in your section of the Red? What do you think Stu?

Stu or anyone up North there have you ever heard any feedback from the MB conservation guys on when the likely sturgon run by dominate year class is likely to happen, especially for the oldest class's of fish.

With 25 years tell maturaty for the younguns to run I wonder what the cycle is like for the oldest sumo class fish is?

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Catmendo

It seems that years with exsessive flows do seem to attract a few BIG sturgeon into the system.

As for when and if we can ever predict a sturgeon run by year class or other.....not in this life time I'm affraid. The population base simply isn't there to support any significant runs.....this is one man's opinion and I truly hope I'm wrong!

Fish Hard!

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Ed Carlson

There is a lot to learn about them old criters, very secretive fish realy.

Thanks for the feedback Stu, if it swims in the Red I am sure you got a handle on what their habits are.

All fish with wiskers are Kewl...Right.

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