Lake sturgeon spawning season underway

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 03:26:28-04

The 2017 lake sturgeon spawning run started Monday on the Wolf River, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

Fish spawned at the Sturgeon Trail in New London and Bamboo Bend in Shiocton said Ryan Koenigs, Fisheries Biologist with the DNR. 

DNR fisheries crew tagged fish at these two locations Monday, and both are publicly accessible. 

Crews tagged 138 fish at Bamboo Bend and another 140 fish at Sturgeon Trail. 

DNR officials said the water temperature in these locations was climbing into the mid-50s which is prime conditions for the ancient fish to travel upstream to spawn. 

If you want to see the sturgeon spawn, Koenigs suggests making plans to come to one of these two locations within the next couple of days. 

Peak spawning activity typically only takes place for a day or two at a given site, so don't wait too long.

For a live look at the Wolf River cam in New London, click here

Sturgeon guard volunteers will be on site through the season to protect the fish during this vulnerable time. 

It is illegal to harass or disturb fish spawning activity in any way. 

They are still looking for volunteers to help. 

If you're interested, click here