Idaho Power Reels in Quite a Catch

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Idaho Power biologists Clayton Waller and Chad Reininger pose their prize. - IDAHO POWER
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  • Idaho Power biologists Clayton Waller and Chad Reininger pose their prize.

When you catch a fish and your buddy takes a picture, the trick is to fully extend your arms so the fish is closer to the camera than you—that makes a small fish look big. But two Idaho Power biologists who recently caught a giant sturgeon didn't have to worry about that.

The sturgeon caught below Hells Canyon Dam measures 10 feet in length and weighs an estimated 470 pounds. Biologists measured, tagged and released the giant female fish as part of a three-year survey of sturgeon populations below the dam. She's estimated to be more than 75 years old.

A recent news release stated that the survey is part of Idaho Power's efforts to preserve and protect white sturgeon in the Snake River. The federal licenses that allow the power company to operate its hydroelectric projects require environmental surveys such as these. This sturgeon was one of the largest caught during the survey. 

She was released unharmed right after this photo was taken.