British Columbia is home to some real prehistoric beasts, and a local fishing guide just caught one. Yves Bisson, the owner of Yves Bisson Sturgeon Companyhooked and landed a 10.6-foot sturgeon on Canada’s famous Fraser River on March 6. He estimated the huge fish weighed around 600 pounds.
“I’ve landed over 22,000 sturgeon on my fishing charters, and this is one I’ll never forget,” Bisson said. Story. “We were all amazed because this fish had no tag and had probably never been caught before.”
Bisson estimates the fish to be around 100 years old. The white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act. It is mandatory for anglers to release them. As part of a conservation program run by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation SocietyBisson tagged his fish before releasing it. The tagging program is carried out by 60 volunteers and 35 of them are professional fishing guides. Together they have tagged over 68,000 sturgeon in recent years.
white sturgeon are anadromous fishes endemic to major rivers and estuaries of the Pacific coast from central California to Alaska. Fish have a particularly long lifespan; the oldest recorded fish was 103 years old, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fisheries biologists say the white sturgeon has probably been around for 200 million years.
the Fraser River, which is the longest river in British Columbia, is a hotspot for large sturgeon. Last summer, a former NHL goaltender caught an 11-foot-6 fish which was considered a record for the body of water. The Fraser flows freely for 854 miles through Canada. The lack of dams likely contributes to such a thriving fishery and fish of epic proportions.
“[It’s] one of the largest [sturgeon] That I’ve never seen,” wrote Bisson of his taking.