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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Rare sturgeon sighting in the Lower Cedar River

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We all enjoy sighting strange fish in places you don’t expect them to be lurking.

Tom Clark an employee at Boeing Plant in Renton sent me a photo that was taken by one of his co-worker one recent day.

In the picture is a sturgeon that was milling in the Cedar River near a walking trail that borders the Boeing Renton Plant, and his friend took this picture of a sturgeon while on a lunch break.

Sturgeon sightings have been noted for many years, but are rare in the Lake Washington system, including a huge one that washed up onshore near Sand Point in the northern part of the lake.

That happened in 1987, and was heard to have measured 11 feet long and weighing 640 pounds.

Back in 2005, a University of Washington fisheries researchers netted a sturgeon while conducting fish surveys.

(Photo provided by Tom Clark)

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