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Sturgeon Spawning Update

Sturgeon spawning is starting on the Upper Fox, Wolf and Peshtigo rivers. Here’s what Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists are reporting:

Wolf River & Upper Fox River

Despite cooler weather moving in, sturgeon are getting ready to spawn on the Wolf River. You can see them cruising from viewing stations at Bamboo Bend in Shiocton and along the Wolf River Sturgeon Trail. They are starting to spawn in the Upper Fox River in Princeton. They have not started spawning at the Shawano Dam.

Lower Fox River

No sturgeon have been reporting spawning yet.

Peshtigo River

The first of several spawning events is starting on the Peshtigo River thanks to rising water temperatures. However, with air temperatures dropping, DNR fish biologists predict that after today (April 25) adult sturgeon will not spawn again for another week or so. Visitors should be able to see sturgeon from the viewing platform for the next two to three weeks.

You can find daily spawning updates on the Winnebago system sturgeon spawning page.

Lake sturgeon are very vulnerable during this spawning period and can be susceptible to illegal harvest. Make sure to report any suspicious activity to 1-800-TIP-WDNR.

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