This very early photo shows a giant sturgeon. This photo
was reproduced many times on postcards and illustrations. This is the
size that took a team of horses to pull it from the river. It was
reported as weighing 1500 pounds
This c1900 photo shows the interior of a ferry used to
cross the river before there were any bridges. The two sturgeon
look to be about a 4 footer and one of 8 foot or so.
This photo is from the early 1900s, and is one of my
favorites. The three old guys, the Ford Model T and the 8' plus sturgeon
all make this a great photo.
This 1911 photo shows a very big sturgeon. If the man
was 5'6" tall, the sturgeon was 10+. This fish was caught in a stretch
that I often fish and has produced some dandy smallmouth bass and
This is another very large Sturgeon that was caught in
1918 in one of my favorite bass stretches of the river. This fish also
looks like it surpassed 10 foot in length.
This is the way we fished the river in 1918. Just a bait
bucket to sit on, a reel taped to a cane pole and plenty of minnow or
crawdads for bait.