WENDELL, Idaho (KLIX)-The Magic Valley has two new sturgeon fishing spots along the Snake River increasing public access for anglers.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced people have access to what is now called Sugar Cube sturgeon fishing holes in the Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area just south of Wendell. Beginning in late 2019 at the request from local anglers Fish and Game cleared brush along the river at two spots for better access.

Anglers helped staff identify areas on the river where sturgeon are known to be. According to the agency, anglers often have a hard time finding access areas to fish for the largest fish in the state. The Niagara Springs WMA is about a five mile drive south of Wendell in the Snake River Canyon that has several public parking areas and trails.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Sturgeon are some of the longest living fish with some reaching 100 years and older. The ancient fish can weigh as mush as 1,500 pounds and is found in the Snake River, lower Salmon River, and Kootenai River. Sturgeon are a catch and release fish.

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