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Most people think that the largest fish in the world are found in salt waters. Sure, there you’ll find great whites and whale sharks, but don’t kid yourself, the fresh waters have some fish so large – you’re gonna need a bigger boat! So break out that titanium rod and reel, and prepare yourself to wrestle with these top 10 freshwater monsters.
A paddlefish can grow well over 5 feet long and reach 60 pounds in weight. This one here caught off the rivers in the Mississippi valley weighed 85 pounds and was over 6 feet long!
Typically found in the rivers in the Ethiopian region, the Nile Perch can reach lengths of 6 feet, and weigh 500 pounds. This one here however is long enough to be a point guard in the NBA as it’s over 6 and a half feet tall.
If you’re looking for the over 7-foot long 230 pound Taimen, you can find him in the shallow waters of the Mongolian or Russian rivers. A type of trout, this one that took 3 men to catch weighed well over 300 pounds.
The Bull Shark is the only shark that can live in both salt and freshwaters. Often growing to 11 feet and weighing over 500 pounds, this one caught here was the largest on record weighing over 900 pounds and 18 feet in length! And you thought Jaws was a great white.
The Arapaima calls the Amazon River in South America its home. Typically reaching 8 feet in length and 330 pounds in weight, you can be sure when it takes 6 men to carry you, you’re about 10 and 450.
Despite its name, the Alligator Gar is not an alligator, but a fish. 10 feet and 350 pounds is its average size, but the largest one ever caught back in 1957 (pictured here) was a massive 13 feet long and 500 pounds!
Mekong Giant Catfish
Catfish have a reputation for being massive. This overfished fish reaching lengths of 10 feet and weighing over 600 pounds is typically found in the Mekong River, and unfortunately, is now endangered. This one caught here however was 12 feet and a whopping 1000 pounds!
Giant Freshwater Stingray
Found in the bottom of the rivers of Malaysia, Thailand and Borneo, the giant freshwater stingray is a massive beast at 10 feet long and well over 1,300 pounds. The largest however weighed an incredible 2000 pounds!
Some fish need 6 people to carry it, others, 8. The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America, reaching 20 feet long and over 1,400 pounds. This one here: 22 and 1,700.
If you thought the white sturgeon was a beast, meet his bigger brother: the beluga. This Russian fish is the largest freshwater fish in the world, typically reaching 19 feet in length and weighing 2,500 pounds. But the largest one ever caught (shown here) was 22 feet, 7,000 pounds, and took 11 men to carry him!