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Fishing WisconsinLake sturgeon spawning

Spawning season 2019 - It's Over!

Monday, April 29 - The 2019 lake sturgeon spawning run on the Wolf River is all but over. There may still be a few fish below the dam in Shawano, but we are well past peak spawning. We worked fish below the dam this morning and handled 40 fish. I'm not sure exactly how many fish we handled this spring, but I would guess that we handled 1,150-1,200 fish this spring. The total number of fish handled is down a bit from other years over the past 4-5 spawning runs, but I am more than satisfied with how this year went given the extremely high water levels this spring.

- 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 - 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: Wednesday May 01 2019