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Fishing WisconsinLake sturgeon spawning

Spawning season 2017

Friday, April 21

It appears that the 2017 lake sturgeon spawning run on the Wolf River, and other tributaries to the Winnebago System, is pretty well wrapped up.  Our crew did handle 95 fish below the Shawano Paper Mill Dam yesterday, but things are much slower today.  I plan to send out a more detailed report later this week with the number of fish handled this spring at each location.  Hopefully you were able to get out and see the sturgeon spawning this spring and enjoy this truly unique event.

-- Ryan Koenigs, Fisheries Biologist, Oshkosh


Lake sturgeon spawning infographic

Learn a little bit about this annual ritual [PDF]

 

Spawning at New London 2016

Sturgeon spawning

During mid-April to early May, Lake Sturgeon travel upstream to their spawning grounds, giving the public a prime opportunity to see these ancient ones up close.

Sturgeon spawning is dependent on water temperature and flow. During seasons when water flow is high and water temperatures rise slowly, spawning begins when water temperature reaches 53 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, during seasons of low water flow and more rapid water temperature rise, spawning does not begin until water temperatures reach 58-59 degrees Fahrenheit.

UWSP students with large sturgeon

Wolf River cam at Shawano Dam - underwater [exit DNR]

Call the sturgeon hotline number for recorded daily updates: (920) 303-5444.


Sturgeon guard

Volunteer to guard sturgeon at their spawning sites on the Wolf River and protect the fish from poaching. Contact Barbara Helmick at 920-420-1140 for more information.

Lake sturgeon spawning/viewing locations on the Wolf River

Maps open to larger images. Sites are listed from North to South

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Shawano Dam in Shawano - Parking available on the east side of the river at the end of Richmond Street.





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Bamboo Bend at Shiocton - on County Highway 54. Parking available on the north side of County Hwy. 54.

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Wolf River Sturgeon Trail (near New London) - about 2 miles west of New London on County Highway X. Parking available on the south side of the river about 1/2 mile from the spawning site
Last revised: Saturday April 22 2017