Warm Weather Improves Sturgeon Spawning

CREATED Apr 29, 2013

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SHIOCTON, Wis.--SHIOCTON, WI-- It's a sure sign spring is finally here.  After a delayed start, Sturgeon Spawning season begins on the Wolf River.

Today is the first day for spawning. Hundreds gathered in New London and Shiocton to catch a glimpse of the Wisconsin tradition.

Kids and adults alike couldn’t get enough of the sturgeon. They were snapping pictures and recording the show.

“Oh my gosh, they're huge,” said Randy Haupt, from Wausau. “Six foot long, five foot long.” He’s on his way back from visiting family, and they decided to come see the prehistoric fish.

“I like to see all the people getting interested,” said Ruby.

After being nearly a month behind schedule, the sturgeon are out in full force.

“Gosh, 10-15 in one little spot,” said Randy.

“You can go anywhere else in the world, and not be able to see as many fish as you would on the Winnebago system,” said Ryan Koenigs, Winnebago Sturgeon Biologist.

Since 1999, the DNR’s been tagging to record data and keep track of sturgeon. Thanks to a better food supply and volunteers guarding sturgeon during spawning, the fish are growing bigger than ever.

“Some of them are so big, and when they flip out of the water,” said Barbara Howard who brought along her grandson.

The DNR says if you want to come out and watch the sturgeon, they recommend getting out to New London or Shiocton by tomorrow or early Wednesday.

Watch live streaming video from the Shawano Dam provided by the Wolf River Cam

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