Fisherman Larry Teague set out on a normal day of catfish fishing on Shasta Lake recently, but he ended up with another fish on the line that would dwarf any other in the lake.
Teague, who is from Oroville, was using a bass rod and reel with 25-pound braid when he got a bite from a big fish on the Pit River arm of the lake. It took him around three hours to land the beast, and it would turn out to probably be the biggest catch of his life – a monster sturgeon!
A video was taken of the end of the three-hour battle with the fish, showing the insane size that sturgeon can grow at the bottom of Shasta Lake. While they weren’t able to weigh or measure the beast, you can hear the man in the video claiming it seemed to be between 400 and 500 pounds. At the end of the video, the fish is released and it looks to be around 15 feet long.
Watch the video of Teague landing and releasing the sturgeon, which shows the sheer size of the fish:
What an incredible catch!
The stories of giant sturgeon in Shasta Lake have been circulating for decades. The giant fish are known to hang out near the bottom of the lake, typically eluding being seen or caught.
In 2018, two fishermen found a fish dying on the shore of Shasta Lake, only to revive this monster sturgeon (it was choking on a catfish) and send it back into the depths of Shasta:
The legend of the giant sturgeon in Shasta Lake lives another day. Hoorah!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine