Re: NANFA-- Biggest fresh water NA fish

Christopher Scharpf (
Tue, 04 Jan 2000 12:38:38 -0400

You are correct, Charlie.

But the question, as orginally stated, was, "What's the largest NON-anadromous
fish in NA?"

The non-anadromous part was left off the subject header.

White sturgeon, as you know, are anadromous (born in freshwater, reared at sea).

Chris Scharpf

Subject: Re: NANFA-- Biggest fresh water NA fish
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 10:58:00 EST

The white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus, grows even bigger. Photos
document fish up to 1,600 pounds taken fro the Snake River in southcentral
Idaho near the turn of the century. There are rumors of fish up to 2,200
pounds but are not documented.

I've personally caught (and released) fish up to 11 feet and 600 pounds in
Hells Canyon in recent years.

Charlie Powell
Moscow, Idaho

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