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Giant sturgeon eludes capture ... for now

Updated: July 25, 2019 06:22 PM

The hunt continues in the water of Minnehaha Creek for a huge sturgeon that's reaching local celebrity status.

"It's all that they are talking about, it's the news of Edina," Sam Traux said, who brought the kids she was watching over to the creek so they could all see if they could get a look at the big fish.

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The frenzy started this week when two boys wrangled the fish out of the water and captured the moment on video.

"It looked almost a foot bigger once it was out of the water," Mac Hoekstra said.


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They returned the sturgeon to the water but word of it lurking in the area spread fast and crowds are now gathering on the 56th Street bridge over the creek in Edina full of people hoping to catch a glimpse.

"They were so excited we had to cut out of swim team to get here to watch the DNR get him," Traux said.

The big fish also has the attention of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Officials want to capture the fish and relocate it to the Mississippi River or Minnesota River. 

"We don't want to leave a large, potentially female breeding sturgeon in Minnehaha Creek where it's not going to help boost the population," Shannon Fisher, with the DNR, said.

But that's proving easier said than done.
  
"I think the fish is getting a little smart about being approached by people," Fisher said.

DNR workers came close to capturing it when the fish returned to the same area Thursday morning, but in the end they determined they needed a bigger net. The fish left the area and now they're waiting for someone to spot it and report it to try again.

And, while it is illegal in Minnesota to catch a sturgeon by hand like the boys in the video, DNR officials say they are treating this as a learning moment and focusing on the positive.

"The fact that this one big fish has caused so much excitement, it's fantastic," Fisher said. "I thought it was really impressive it was the young people who took initiative to get a hold of the DNR and ask us to come and help this fish because they were worried about it."

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