Sturgeon are one of the most ancient fishes, and are about the same now as they were back when the dinosaus roamed this earth of ours. There are almost 30 different species of sturgeon, some of them only a few feet long, and others that grow into actual monsters. The white sturgeon is the largest fish in North America, and fish weighing up to 1500 lbs have been caught, in earlier times when they were more plentiful. Sturgeon eggs are what caviar is made from, and large sturgeon, weighing almost as much as a deer, could feed a family for a long time during the winter when food was scarce. Over-catching of sturgoen, and the bulding of many dams in the early 1900's, cost us a lot of our country's largest fish, and some species are now considered as endangered. So, I was happy to be reading that Lake Sturgeon are being re-introduced in the Tennessee River (which we are close to), and other types of sturgeon are also being re-introduced in to different lakes and rivers here in America where they once lived and flourished. At this point, people who actually catch one of the lake sturgeons here in the Tennessee River are not allowed to keep the fish, and are encouraged to take a picture and report where and when the fish was caught so that they can be tracked to see where in the river they are living mostly. Here is a picture of a 1500+ lb sturgeon that was caught in the Snake River in Idaho back in 1898. It would have taken many men and horses to drag that monster to shore; but it probably also fed most of their families for a long time, too !