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May 26, 2020 - 10:27:58 AM
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Owen

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May 26, 2020 - 10:39:17 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13899 posts since 9/27/2007

That's definitely interesting if you're a fisherfolk! That's a prehistoric fish.

They're always yanking them out & then letting them go on the Fraser river out here. I wish they'd just leave them alone. Catching one by mistake & safely releasing it is a catch of a lifetime! 

May 26, 2020 - 11:03:17 AM

chuckv97

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I knew a guy who’d cast out a whole chicken as bait to catch sturgeon in the Ottawa River.

May 26, 2020 - 11:14:22 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16609 posts since 6/5/2008

The BC Fraser River sturgeon fishery is "catch & release". In the process, the fish are tagged
or recaptured fish are measured again. About the best approximation to monitor the population.
Quite far upstream, there are sturgeon at the junction of the Stuart and Nechako rivers.
There's a sturgeon hatchery in Vanderhoof, if my memory serves.

In the Mission City phone book Yellow Pages, there was a tow truck advertising a line spool
long enough to land sturgeon out of the hole just up from the bridge.

May 26, 2020 - 11:58:10 AM
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Owen

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quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

In the process, the fish are tagged or recaptured fish are measured again. 

......sounds like Heming Lake deja vu, all over again.    wink

Edited by - Owen on 05/26/2020 11:58:54

May 26, 2020 - 12:22:24 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13899 posts since 9/27/2007

I was driving over the Sooke river bridge when I saw a wake going up the river. There was a native guy on the bridge watching too. The next time I saw him I asked him if it was a seal. He said it was a giant sturgeon that goes up to lay eggs.

May 26, 2020 - 12:49:46 PM
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Brian T

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16609 posts since 6/5/2008

The technique in population biology is called "Mark-Recapture."
Like any estimation, it is not perfect. But it's ahead of other things.
Bird-banding is another classic example.

Then you run into animals which become "trap-happy."
They learn there's no real threat and always lots of yummy bait to eat while you lie around, waiting to be released again.

May 26, 2020 - 2:43:46 PM
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Just out of curiosity, I wonder what it would taste like. My guess is that anything that's 200 years old wouldn't taste good at all, and a brine/marinade/whatever wouldn't help.

May 26, 2020 - 3:00:08 PM
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Owen

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quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I knew a guy who’d cast out a whole chicken as bait to catch sturgeon in the Ottawa River.


Whole and part chickens used here,   https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/eagles-and-tourists-flock-to-sheffield-mills-for-annual-festival-21-photos-2060549   but nary a sturgeon in sight.

Pic #20 shows some mu-zak being made, but I don't see a banjo.... an opportunity for you Chuck, if ever there was one.

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May 26, 2020 - 3:46:55 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16609 posts since 6/5/2008

Think they use bunches of local eels/lampreys down on the lower Fraser.
Often, the sturgeon follow the salmon runs for dead fish.

The sturgeon are so big, they can be spotted with sonar
and you drift the bait right past their noses.

That used to be on my bucket list but sort of lost interest in the last few years.
I'd simply HAVE TO take my banjo in the boat.

From digging in the middens, it's obvious that paleo First Nations only rarely
killed sturgeon or anything with 4 legs for that matter.
Mostly preserved salmon and thousands of cubic yards of clams/mussels/oysters.

With steel for hooks and better lines, the catch rate did go up from the variety of old photographs which are in museum archives. Just tie the fish to the shore and cut pieces off it.

May 27, 2020 - 5:58:03 AM
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wizofos

USA

5533 posts since 8/19/2012

Sturgeon spawn in the Wolf river about a mile from my home. There is actually a walking trail where you can watch Sturgeon sex in the spring. DNR catches and tags them and some exceed 5 feet. Lake Winnebago chain has a through the ice sturgeon spearing season. They are interesting fish. Some say that they taste good when marinated and smoked, just don't inhale.
Most of the fishermen that I know will reach down and cut the line if they get one up close to the boat. A hook is cheap compared to the penalty of pulling one out of the water. DNR says bring it up next to the boat, take a pic and cut the line up close to the fish.

May 28, 2020 - 10:09:54 AM
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71963 posts since 5/9/2007

We used to catch 2"-3" sturgeon in our shrimp tows off of Port Clyde in the winter.
Never saw big ones,though.

May 28, 2020 - 1:14:35 PM
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heavy5

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After flying into Vancouver we drive north along the Frazer to 100 Mile House to visit family (the mosquito capital of the northern hemisphere :-(

What a magnificent river w/ all of the history I've read about ! Being a fisherman I can imagine some action lurking in those turbulent waters ! Probably minimum 50lb line w/ steel leader like going after those huge stripers in the Cape Canal :-)

May 28, 2020 - 1:52:48 PM

heavy5

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quote:
Originally posted by wizofos

. They are interesting fish. Some say that they taste good when marinated and smoked, just don't inhale.


Very old saying here about cooking carp of which there are many here in the rivers, -----nail it to a pine board , bake , throw away the carp & eat the board .    

May 28, 2020 - 2:00:34 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16609 posts since 6/5/2008

"What a magnificent river w/ all of the history I've read about ! Being a fisherman I can imagine some action lurking in those turbulent waters ! Probably minimum 50lb line w/ steel leader like going after those huge stripers in the Cape Canal :-)"

Heavy5:  I've lived on the upper Fraser for many decades. 

Back in the late 1970's, a few of the Stuart River sturgeon were caught and tagged with radio transmitters.

Wire core clothes line and 3" shark hooks, dead rabbits for bait.  Line tied to a tree.

Floating cage of 4x4 fence posts so nobody got a leg broke.  The veterinarian doing the wet work said that sewing sturgeon skin was like trying sew 1/4" plywood.

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