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Sturgeon Spawning Update from Ron Bruch

April 5, 2012

The following update has been posted with permission from Ron Bruch and the Wisconsin DNR. This website is not affiliated with the DNR, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, or any other organization.

Excerpt on sturgeon spawning from Ron Bruch’s update on April 5, 2012:

“The 1st phase of the earliest spawning run of lake sturgeon in the Wolf River on record wrapped up last Friday March 30 after ten days of spawning activity at various sites along 53 river miles from New London upstream to the southern border of Shawano County near Hwy 156. Over the last 10 days or so, air temps have dropped and so have the water temps preventing the second and perhaps final phase of the 2012 sturgeon spawn to begin. As I’ve mentioned in my last update, the grand finale nearly every year occurs at the Shawano Dam spawning site. So we continue to wait as the water temps creep up slowly, with projections of reaching the 54 to 56 degrees F needed to make this thing happen by perhaps Easter Sunday. You can all watch for the arrival of sturgeon at the dam on the Shawano Sturgeon Cam on the web at: http://www.wolfrivercam.com/Shawano%20Dam.html. Once the thousands of fish left to spawn yet begin making it happen below Shawano dam we also expect to see some spawning activity at a few other northern sites on the Wolf and the Embarrass Rivers in Shawano County. With any luck we’ll get to eat Easter ham with our families before we are back tagging sturgeon – we’ll see if Mother nature is in a good mood over the next 4 days.”

Ronald M. Bruch, PhD
Upper Fox-Wolf Fisheries Work Unit Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources”

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