The white sturgeon is the largest
freshwater gamefish in North America, and a nearly 13-foot-long specimen hooked earlier this month may well be the largest freshwater catch ever recorded on the continent. So says the fishing guide who led a 65-year-old angler to the epic encounter. Dean Werk, owner of Great River Fishing
in British Columbia, videotaped angler Michael Snell as he fought the 12-foot, 6-inch sturgeon
July 16 in Canada's Fraser River. The 90-minute battle ended with Werk (left), Snell (right) and Snell's wife, Margaret, snapping trophy pics with a fish estimated at nearly 1,100 pounds and more than 100 years old. The catch dwarfs the IGFA world record for white sturgeon, and Werk says it surpasses anything recorded by the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in its 18-year sturgeon-tagging program.