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Here's a video of Zac Bernier catching (and releasing) his 54½-inch 'Bucket List' sturgeon

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Zac Bernier of Grand Forks released this 54½-inch sturgeon Friday, May 10, in Four-Mile Bay at the mouth of the Rainy River.2 / 2

Zac Bernier can check “catching a big lake sturgeon” off his fishing bucket list.

Bernier, of Grand Forks, and a couple of buddies decided to hit the Rainy River for a few hours Friday, May 10, before the Minnesota walleye opener, and he ended up catching a 54½-inch sturgeon, his biggest to date.

One of his buddies fought a sturgeon for about 15 minutes before Bernier hooked into his.

“They are strong,” he said. “Even with heavy gear, they are tough to bring in. It definitely takes a lot out of you, but that makes catching it that much better. It was a lot of fun because you never know how big they could be.”

Using the GoPro camera he got last summer, Bernier and his buddies were able to capture the battle and the resulting celebration on video. Here’s a video he shared. Sturgeon battles tend to be time-consuming, so the video is edited for length.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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