In the wild, catching sturgeon through the ice would be neither legal (you can’t take them out of the water) nor feasible (they live in deep water that almost never freezes over), but Idaho Statesman fishing columnist Jordan Rodriguez had a unique chance to catch the massive fish at a private pond near Parma. There are 275 of the prehistoric beasts living in Schwartz’s pond, with the biggest measuring over 7 feet long.
White sturgeon are the largest freshwater species in North America. Specimens up to 8 feet in length are fairly common, and big ones can exceed 10 feet and weigh several hundred pounds. Sturgeon cannot be harvested in Idaho, and anglers must follow special rules to fish for them, as this video from Idaho Fish and Game explains.
This enormous 4-year-old spring chinook, about 36 inches long and weighing 10 to 12 pounds each, elicited gasps from passersby as Idaho Fish and Game employees scooped the fish from their truck and slipped them into the Boise River. The fish were released at four locations: Glenwood, West ParkCenter, Barber Park and Americana.