Surprise! It’s a sturgeon
Tyson Beaumont, 13, was using light tackle to catch bass in Idaho on Tuesday. Instead of catching a large mouth or even small mouth bass, he reeled in a green sturgeon. He was using a Pen telescoping fishing rod with 4-lb pound test when he caught the 4-foot, 20-pound near Emmett, Idaho.
He was using a Senko-style plastic bait when he saw the sturgeon swimming in front him. He decided to try and entice the bottom feeder and it worked.
“I saw it and put it in front of his nose,” Beaumont said. “It was crazy.”
There are many varieties of sturgeon found around the world. In the Pacific Northwest, the most common is the white sturgeon, which is found in the Columbia River.