WISCONSIN DELLS - While the lake sturgeon spawning spectacle on the Winnebago System is unfolding now and grabbing the biggest headlines, sturgeon populations on several major state rivers are quietly recording some significant milestones, state fisheries officials say.
"It's been a great year for sturgeon restoration efforts," says Karl Scheidegger, co-leader of the Department of Natural Resources sturgeon team. "We're beginning to see the fruits of past and present biologists' labor. It's exciting to witness the milestones."
Among the milestones:
Restoration of sturgeon to major waters in Wisconsin has been going on for the last generation, a long-term commitment given that lake sturgeon don't spawn until they are 21 to 34 years old, and then only every three to five years.
People can see lake sturgeon up close during the spawning season on the Lake Winnebago system. That system boasts the state's and the world's largest population of the fish, which can grow to more than 200 pounds and live longer than 100 years, Scheidegger says.
People can find maps showing good viewing locations along the Wolf River and daily spawning reports by searching the DNR website for "lake sturgeon spawning>."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Scheidegger, 608-267-9426