Road trip Saturday to Bass Pro in Utica. They have the most impressive fish tank there, full of large, fat, sassy individuals of all sorts of native fish.
Alan suggested I take the camera into the store with me, and I was glad I did, as there were all sorts of opportunities to take pictures of all these cool fish.
I enjoyed the big catfish, the various trout and salmon, crappies, sunfish and other critters, but I was enthralled with the Lake Sturgeon. They are just not something you see every day.
I was raving about it to Al at the firearms counter and a nice young store employee began to tell me about the sturgeon in Onieda Lake. Of course they are protected, and he said that they have become so successful that it was hard not to accidentally catch them when jigging for walleye.
He also told us about modern stocking programs and how successful they had been.
It was fun to talk to this knowledgeable young man and to come home and learn about these interesting fish.