Way Down Upon The Suwanee River: Jumping Sturgeon Alert

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have a warning for boaters planning a trip down the Suwannee River: watch out for the jumping fish.

Sturgeon, which can grow to more than 8 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, migrate into the Suwannee River during March and April.

Officials say boaters should reduce their speed along the river, which will give them more time to react if they do encounter a jumping sturgeon.

It's unknown why sturgeon leap out of the water; last year, a 4-year-old boy's arm was broken and his father was cut by one of the jumping fish.

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  • by Aaron Location: Live Oak on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    I saw a couple last Sunday. They were only about 30 lbs (still pretty big fish). I cant imagine running into an 8' 200lbs fish on the Suwannee.

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