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Sturgeon spawning gives wildlife officials chance to check, tag fish

The bulk of sturgeon spawning on the Fox River is pretty much done in a day or two. So biologists whose job it is to tag lake sturgeon as part of ongoing monitoring have to work fast.

“You’ve got to drop everything and just go,” said Rob Elliott, Great Lakes fishery biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in New Franken. The huge, bony fish are easier to catch when they’re moving slowly in shallow waters. Elliott and a team of federal and state Department of Natural Resources workers tagged about a half dozen of the threatened species in an hour Wednesday below the De Pere dam.

Over the past few days, crews saw the number of sturgeon in the area rise from a couple to a couple of dozen.   more...


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