by Michael Kransz,

SAGINAW, MI — A nearly 6-foot-long sturgeon was caught Tuesday on the Saginaw River, and one fisheries expert said it’s a rare, once-a-year event.

“These fish are quite rare in the Saginaw Bay and the Saginaw River system; there’s probably well under 100 sturgeon in the river,” said Jim Baker, manager of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Southern Lake Huron Management Unit.

The population of this hearty species, which can live up to around 100 years old and reach 300 pounds, is just a fragment of what it was in the region and across the state in the 19th century, Baker said.

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