Sturgeon spawning run begins

WBAY reporter Aisha Morales witnesses her first sturgeon spawn.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (WBAY) - It's mating time for the sturgeon.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports the lake sturgeon spawning run started Monday along the Sturgeon Trail in New London. Senior fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs says that's where the best viewing will be on Tuesday for sturgeon spawning.

Fifteen other spawning sites were checked, but only limited spawning was found at a couple sites between Eureka and Princeton. They did find males looking for females at a number of sites, including Bamboo Bend in Shiocton and below the Manawa dam. The DNR expects the fish to get busy at Bamboo Bend by Tuesday evening.

People are cautioned that water is already high in some areas (see Brittany Schmidt's report from Shiocton) -- it's over the banks on some parts of the Wolf River, and it's likely to get even higher after Monday night's rain.

The DNR says it tagged 40 sturgeon at the Sturgeon Trail site on Monday.