Spectator Sport: Sturgeon Spawning in Wisconsin

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Spectator Sport: Sturgeon Spawning in Wisconsin

On Wednesday evening, sturgeon started spawning at Sturgeon Trail in New London and yesterday crews saw fish heavily spawning there. Bamboo Bend had some slight spawning activity yesterday evening but will likely have heavy spawning activity today.

These two locations will have spawning fish through the weekend and will likely be the best locations to view sturgeon for the next couple of days.

Please maintain a safe social distance if you are planning on visiting one of these spawning sites.

 

Lake sturgeon spawning infographic

Learn a little bit about this annual ritual [PDF]

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 the 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.

Wolf River cam – underwater [exit DNR]

UWSP students with large sturgeon

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

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

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

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

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