Randy Rowland, Recreational Angler
- Glen Burnie, MD
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Posted on September 20, 2013 | Permalink
Sturgeon Jumped into Boat!
My good friend and fishing buddy, Bill Harris, and I were carp fishing on the Marshyhope, minding our own business, when this sturgeon decided to JUMP in the boat. We were both shocked to say the least! We estimated that it was about 5 feet long and weighed 45 to 50 lbs. We have fished for carp here for around 10 years and have seen other sturgeon jump for the last couple of years. We saw and/or heard seven other sturgeon jump on this same day. Are sturgeon established in this river system and is there a breeding population?
Once in several lifetimes experience!
DNR Response: There is no evidence of successful sturgeon reproduction in Maryland tributaries for at least 40 years, though Atlantic Sturgeon are regular visitors to Maryland tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Atlantic sturgeon are highly migratory and travel great distances along the coast. Genetic sampling of fish captured in Maryland indicates that most of the fish that travel through our waters were originally spawned in either the James River or the Hudson River. The fish that jumped into the boat was probably not mature. Mature females are typically 7’ long and males are around 6’ long. Reports of sturgeon observations in this river have increased over the past several years. We encourage anglers and boaters to report these observations to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hotline at 1-800-448-8322. Please note relevant details such as date, location and time.