A big fish tale

Valley woman reels in 70-inch sturgeion from St. Croix River

Danielle Pettee smiles with her 70-inch sturgeon while her son, Elijah, flashes a thumbs-up at the camera.

Danielle Pettee smiles with her 70-inch sturgeon while her son, Elijah, flashes a thumbs-up at the camera.

When Danielle Pettee of Stillwater was ice-fishing on the St. Croix River Feb. 8 with her son and boyfriend she didn’t expect anything different than catching some catfish and what she got was a sturgeon surprise.

“As soon as I caught it I thought it was going to be big,” Pettee said. “When it finally came out of the ice I thought it was a shark or something.”

No stranger to fishing, Pettee and her boyfriend Troy Simonson spend a lot of their free time fishing. But the 70-inch long and 29.5-inch around sturgeon is the largest fish Pettee ever caught. It took her 24 minutes to reel the fish in.

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Pettee’s rod bends as she reels in her fish. (submitted photo)

“It was really strange, I usually only catch sturgeon at night but here it was in the middle of the afternoon. Squeezing through a 10-inch hole and it just kept coming.” Pettee said.

To reel in the sturgeon, Pettee used her boyfriend’s equipment with cut bait and a 20-inch Ugly Stick light rod. Since sturgeon are not in season, she let the fish go, which isn’t unusual for her since she doesn’t eat fish. But the experience was a highlight for Pettee and her five-year-old son, Elijah, as well.

“He just had a blast with it,” Pettee said. “He took in the pictures to show and tell today (Thursday) to show all his friends.”

  • ROSETTA COVINGTON

    WAY TO GO DANIELLE I’M A FRIEND OF YOUR BOYFRIEND TROY MOM. AND I SAW THAT PICS OF THAT BIG SEA MONSTER YOU CAUGHT (LOL) . SHE TOLD ME HOW FAMOUS YOU ARE, I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATS AND I WILL BE COMING UP SO YOU AND TROY CAN SHOW ME HOW TO FISH LIKE THAT.

  • Kraig

    Good job there Danielle. I am proud of you! I have heard what a great fishhunter you’ve become, meaning you fish for “BIG FISH.” Good fishin”
    Uncle Kraig.

  • spencer sellner

    will you marry me??????? lol. niiiice hog. always wanted a hog like that thru ice. doesnt compare to summer fishing i bet.

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