NANFA-- Biggest fresh water NA fish

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 03 Jan 2000 22:38:15 EST

OK, I've always been fixated on blue catfish as huge menaces deep in
southern river channels. Chris, you threw me off the track by eliminating
the anadromous sturgeons. But: that still leaves

The Lake Sturgeon,

_Acipenser fulvescens_, which can grow to 2.7 m at maturity at least in
verifiable modern records. Such a fish weighs 400 lbs. In the 1880s, there
were believable reports of sturgeon being taken in the Cahaba River in
Alabama that weighed 850 pounds and had to be removed from the water by
teams of mules.

This may be an on-going Alabama slant on my part, I admit.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL
"where the fish are often still Jurassic"

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