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It’s a whopper: Record 9.7-foot Idaho sturgeon caught

Kirk Fairchild, Seamus Fairchild, Lawaine Fairchild and Homer Brown landed this giant 117" White Sturgeon to qualify for a new catch-and-release Idaho State Record. August 16.
Kirk Fairchild, Seamus Fairchild, Lawaine Fairchild and Homer Brown landed this giant 117" White Sturgeon to qualify for a new catch-and-release Idaho State Record. August 16.

Four men recorded a catch-and-release record white sturgeon caught in the Snake River in Hells Canyon. Kirk Fairchild, Seamus Fairchild, Lawaine Fairchild and Homer Brown landed the trophy, which measured 117 inches on Aug. 16. The previous record was 113.5.

This is the first year the Idaho Department of Fish and Game recognized catch-and-release records.

You can see the list of current records and learn how to apply for your own record on our State Record Fish Page.

If you are thinking of chasing a record sturgeon, check out the guidelines for how to measure and photograph them.

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 follo

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker

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