St. Croix River, Stillwater, MN
I couldn't believe my eyes when this fish came into the net. I was almost expecting to wake up and realize that it was a dream.
After a night devoid of any fish, save for a couple nibbles, I was shocked to feel a ridiculously strong fish pulling on my line. After a tense battle, I had finally landed the legendary Lake Sturgeon, the prehistoric fish that has haunted my dreams since I first knew of its existence. After a couple pictures were taken and the hook quickly removed, the beautiful beast slipped back into the murky abyss. Although it might not be the biggest or heaviest one in the river, it's definitely enough for me.