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Sturgeon spawning expected to begin later this week

Sturgeon spawn in the Wolf River at the Sturgeon Trail in New London May 1, 2018.
Sturgeon spawn in the Wolf River at the Sturgeon Trail in New London May 1, 2018. (WLUK/Lauren Kalil)

(WLUK) -- Another sign of spring is imminent: The annual sturgeon spawning run is expected to begin later this week.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has alerted Sturgeon Guard members to be prepared to work their shifts on Wednesday. The Sturgeon Guard protects the large fish from curious onlookers as they emerge in rivers and streams to lay their eggs.

Sturgeon that live in the Lake Winnebago system travel up the Wolf River and its tributaries, as well as the upper Fox River, to spawn when water temperatures reach the mid-50s. In years with high water flow, such as this year, spawning starts when the water hits 53 degrees.

According to the DNR's sturgeon hotline, the New London area will likely offer the best viewing initially, but high water may hinder the ability to see the fish.

To get updates on sturgeon spawning and to see viewing locations, visit the DNR's website or call the sturgeon hotline at (920) 303-5444.

If you take a trip out to see the sturgeon, share a photo or video with us here:


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