ROME, Ga. — University of Georgia researchers have captured the largest lake sturgeon ever reported to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
DNR officials say researchers caught 52-inch, 24-pound lake sturgeon from a portion of the Coosa River in Rome. They say the fish is the largest of their species they’ve had since they started stocking the native species in 2001.
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Before the fish was released back into the river, it was implanted with a radio tag so researchers and DNR officials can continue to monitor it.
Lake sturgeon cannot be harvested. If you catch one, you must quickly throw it back into the water.
Officials ask that if you catch one, take a photo of it before releasing it and report the date, time and location of the sighting to the Armuchee Fisheries Office at 706-295-6102 .
They say fishermen who report such sightings are crucial to the fishery’s efforts to reintroduce species into the population.
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