Most people that go ice fishing begin to pack things up once the sun sets, but that isn’t the case for this group of anglers that fished the Rainy River in Baudette, Minnesota.
Grant Sorenson and a group of friends, including his fiancée Morgan Gallus, began sturgeon fishing the evening of Jan. 20., and started to think about calling it quits for the night around 2 a.m. Just as they started to reconsider, Gallus got a bite, and it was one they wouldn’t soon forget.
It was without a doubt, the biggest sturgeon they caught all night. It measured 66 inches with a 30-inch girth. Gallus’ fish was on par with Minnesota’s state-record sturgeon, but came up just short. The record sturgeon was 70 inches long with a 26 1/2-inch girth, and it weighed 94 pounds, 4 ounces.
The fish they caught earlier in the evening took only a fraction of the time to haul in compared to the hour and a half it took to reel in this monster according to Gallus.
“After about an hour and a half, we got a glimpse of the fish underneath my hole,” Gallus said. “My heart dropped…I saw Mike and Eric’s expressions, and they’d fished sturgeon their whole life.”
Not too shabby from someone with the least amount of experience among the group. Not too shabby at all.