Wis. DNR tags 240-pound, 125 year old sturgeon

9:02 AM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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SHAWANO, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tagged a 125-year-old sturgeon that's bigger than a linebacker.

Officials found the over 7-foot-3-inch long, 240-pound female on the Wolf River near Shawano on Tuesday.

DNR sturgeon biologist Ron Bruch says she's the largest they've tagged on the Lake Winnebago system since they started the tagging program in 1950s. She would have weighed about 30 pounds more, but she already laid some eggs.

At 240 pounds, she's only 2 pounds heavier than Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop. At 87.5 inches long, she's 3 ½ inches taller than former Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

Bruch estimates she was born around 1887 - when Grover Cleveland was president.

Officials also tagged 565 fish on Tuesday - the most ever in one day.

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