Waiting For The Sturgeon

SHIOCTON, Wisc. (WBAY) It's not if, but when the sturgeon of spring arrive in Shiocton.

All eyes are on the Wolf River for the start of another spawning season.

With walleye fishermen starting to find some luck, activity on the Wolf River is heating up.

It's just not the kind of activity Gary Stuebs drove from Sturgeon Bay to Bamboo Bend hoping to catch.

"Thought the sturgeon would be up here but I guess they're not quite here yet," says Stuebs.

At local businesses, the phones are ringing off the hook these days.

"They usually call from far away so you got to be sure to tell them the truth when it's going to be," says Jack Colwitz with a chuckle.

Colwitz, who owns Colwitz BP, isn't the only one dealing with inquiring minds who want to know.

"We get calls from people all over the state, lot of people plan their weekend trips on this, it's huge for Shiocton, it's good for business, I think the locals love to be able to talk to the people and they're proud to give them the information and say, well we've been watching the sturgeon for years," says Village Clerk and Treasurer Laurie Bunnell.

Bunnell maintains a sturgeon call list for when the prehistoric fish start crowding the shallows.

Locals know the crowds won't be far behind.

"They have to have an officer in town wave traffic sometimes," says local angler Jules Schoerning.

According to fish biologists and the locals, Shiocton could become center of the sturgeon universe any day now.

"Once the temperature and water gets a little warmer, we should be making the calls," says Bunnell.