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Mother Nature

Mother Nature

Sturgeon swim upstream from Lake Winnebago to spawn in the shallows of the Wolf River. This species has existed since the time of the dinosaurs 100 million years ago and has a viable naturally-reproducing population.  They are highly prized for the taste of their flesh as well as for their eggs, caviar,  which are said to rival those of the beluga sturgeon of Russia and Ukraine. Female sturgeon deposit their eggs only about every four to six years, starting at age 20 up to their life span of 50 years.  Mature sturgeon measure five feet in length.

9 responses

  1. Wow, that’s amazing. My fisherman teen would love to see that sight!

    May 14, 2013 at 6:55 am

  2. Tammy

    Amazing capture and find! Love this one.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

  3. You old Sturgeon Whisperer you, Love this.

    May 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  4. Came so close to hooking one of those, ya right I know, another one of them thar fish stories. At least you caught a great image 🙂

    May 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  5. Ellen Contreras

    Water temperatures in the river in the New London and Shiocton areas are actually at or above optimal for sturgeon spawning, but because of the rapid rise in water temperature this spring, the fish are not ready yet to spawn despite swimming around in optimal temperatures. We are seeing porpoising fish at Bamboo Bend by Shiocton, and along the Wolf River Sturgeon Trail west of New London, but have not yet seen any fish move into shore to indicate spawning is imminent. The pre-spawn onshore movement of males (cruisers) may not be far off though as warmer and warmer water is definitely pushing these fish hard to get ready to spawn. We could see some spawning activity begin by this coming weekend (if not sooner). We’ll keep an eye on things and let you know as soon as we see any sturgeon spawning activity beginning. To get a little taste of what to expect to see, take a look at the video saved from the underwater sturgeon cam set up by the Wolf River Cam folks below Shawano dam last spring Once the fish start showing there, these folks intend to start that camera live so people can literally watch real time lake sturgeon spawning on their computer.

    May 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  6. I had no idea they got so big. Thanks for the little lesson!

    May 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

  7. Young took the female sturgeon to Shiocton where fisheries staff assisted in handling her. The sturgeon measured a whopping 72 inches, weighed an estimated 100 pounds and was full of eggs, ready for spawning. They also checked her for an implanted tag biologists use to identify individual fish. This sturgeon didn’t have one so they implanted one for her and recorded her information. She was then released back into the Wolf River to join the rest of the spawning sturgeon population.

    May 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

  8. Interesting facts with a great capture.

    May 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

  9. I’ve just browsed through all your sturgeon shots, they are amazing. I’m a big fan of wildlife photography but haven’t really tried to shoot fish. It’s a really interesting read too, including the comments! Thanks!

    May 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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