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Tennessee man catches 5-foot, nearly 30-year-old sturgeon from Clinch River

The couple released the fish back into the water.
Regional Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter says the fish is nearly 30 years old.
Regional Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter says the fish is nearly 30 years old.(TWRA)
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 9:08 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Tennessee man made an unbelievable catch from the Clinch River, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Christopher Begley caught a nearly five-foot sturgeon (61.5 inches) from Horton Ford bridge on the Clinch River above Kyle’s Ford. Begley said his fiance helped him land the fish that was caught on “cut suckers,” that were being used as catfish bait.

According to Regional Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter, the fish is nearly 30 years old and is from a restoration effort that began in 1992 when 3,200 lake sturgeon were released into the river.

The lake sturgeon is reported to grow to eight feet in length, weigh up to 300 pounds and live 150 years.

The couple released the fish back into the water.

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Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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