Diamonds are not exclusive to wedding rings and precious jewelry, they are also the signature look to the giant lake sturgeon.
Like a whale to freshwater fisheries, lake sturgeon are bottom-feeders, shifting invertebrates and crustaceans from the sediments to make them one of freshwater's largest species.
Their diet of small bits and pieces, vacuumed through their suction-like mouth past its barbels can be tricky to match. Fresh salmon/chum roe, eel-like lamprey, or bright chunks of salmon fillets floating down the river or through a lake can really tune in and ring the dinner bell for a lake sturgeon.
Though fishing for lake sturgeon is very limited and rare, trips are available throughout the northern United States and Canada. Similar to the bowhead whale, lake sturgeon have extremely long lifespans, the oldest recorded caught was 155 years old. Unlike whales, lake sturgeon have ganoid scales, a plate-like form of scale not similar to typical freshwater species.
Many strange, unique characteristics of this rare fish go back, way back. They more or less swam with the dinosaurs and survived glacier changes to what we now call North America, keeping many bizarre, archaic characteristics.
Catch a lake sturgeon, and you got yourself the closest thing you can get to a dinosaur!