Members of the Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackleton Point netted the largest fish ever found in Oneida Lake on Wednesday, while completing a three-day sturgeon netting survey.
As part of the survey, researchers net 12 different sites across the lake, from Three Mile Bay to Verona Beach, to weigh, tag and release the sturgeon in the lake.
One of the 20 fish caught during the netting survey weighed a record 159.4 pounds, breaking the previous record of 139 pounds set in 2019. The fish was also 73.6 inches long. This fish will eventually be aged using samples taken during this survey.
According to Cornell, the oldest sturgeon in the lake are 26 years old.