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Sturgeon Spawning Update from Ron Bruch

April 11, 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 11, 2012:

“Sorry I didn’t get a report out last evening – but yesterday (Tuesday 10 April 2012) was a very long, but very historic day in the Winnebago Lake Sturgeon Management Program. We not only captured and tagged the most sturgeon in one day (565 fish) since spawning assessment operations began in the early 1950s, but Ryan Koenig’s and Kendall Kamke’s crew (the crew of young guys) captured the largest sturgeon we have ever handled in any spawning assessment operation. After our two crews (the “Young Guys Crew”, and my and Dan Folz’s crew – the “Old Guys Crew”) worked all day at the spawning site, Ryan Zernzach, one of our Fisheries Technicians, made one last dip with his net to capture the last fish of the day. He came up with a fish that will likely be the subject of folklore and song for decades – an 87.5 inch fish weighing approximately 240 pounds (the fish was partially spawned out and would have been about 30 pounds heavier had she still had all of her eggs). DNR photo with the “Young Guys Crew” with this record shattering fish is attached………..


Some fascinating statistics about this fish are in the attached historical timeline 1887-2012.

We’ll be working again at Shawano today – possibly wrapping up our spawning assessment for the year.”

Excerpt on sturgeon spawning from Ron Bruch’s update on April 10, 2012:

“We’re ready to roll for day two with the full crew at Shawano capturing and tagging spawning lake sturgeon. The images on the “Sturgeon Cam” tell us it should be another big day. Cory Dellenbach and Tim Ryan of the local newspaper, the Shawano Evening Leader, put together an excellent video interviewing Ryan Koenigs, and showing all of the things we did yesterday with the fish – netting, tagging, egg taking, etc – Great video!! Check it out at

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

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