125-year-old fish bigger than a linebacker

by Nickalas Tabbert

 Now here's a fishing story for you – and it's actually real.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tagged a 125-year-old sturgeon Tuesday on the Wolf River near Green Bay.

The fish is over 7 feet long and weighs 240 pounds, more than Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, the Star Tribune said.  The fish could have weighed 30 pounds more, but already released some of her eggs.

DNR sturgeon biologist Ron Bruch said the female sturgeon is the largest the department has tagged on the Lake Winnebago system since it began in the 1950s.

Bruch estimated the fish to be born in 1887.

The DNR tags and releases sturgeon each year as part of a population study, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.  The Lake Winnebago system – where the fish was tagged- has one of the largest populations of lake sturgeon in the world.


(Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)