DE PERE - Spawning sturgeon are showing up in normal hot spots, and some odd spots as well.
People have been flocking to places like Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, and the Wolf River dam in Shawano this week. These are places well known for watching the sturgeon.
But there are other places hosting the same ritual in waterways around the state.
Fish biologists say at one time, there was millions of sturgeon swimming in the waters of the Great Lakes region.
Now, the fish are making a bit of a comeback.
At the De Pere dam, Mike Barrette has been watching sturgeon all week.
"Several big ones that have come in, they come up in here, and you can see them. They turn sideways," said Mike Barrette of Ashwaubenon.
"There's actually about 10 small spawning populations of lake sturgeon in and around Lake Michigan," said Rob Elliott, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Great Lakes fishery biologist. "We now estimate that there's about 5,000 adult sturgeon in Lake Michigan; the majority of those are in Green Bay."
Elliott says Fox River water quality has improved, and so has cooperation from industry along the shore.
"Working with Thilmany Papers and the hydropower company to make sure there's always good flowing water in the spawning grounds," said Elliott.
The DNR says decades of management are starting to pay off.
A stray sturgeon had to be corralled in a small stream near Seymour; some wrong turns took the fish about 25 miles from its intended spawning area.
In southern Wisconsin, the DNR says a fish seen in the Milwaukee River was the first sturgeon tagged there in more than 100 years.
"We don't know if they're going to naturally reproduce or not, but it's the first steps in seeing if the restoration is working," said David Rowe, DNR fisheries team supervisor.
About 130 miles to the southwest of our area, near the Wisconsin Dells, the DNR has found sturgeon living in the Upper Wisconsin River. Those fish are part of a stocking effort in the 1990s.
"Anytime, we expect, those fish will actually start spawning in those parts of the river. Then we will call it a successful reintroduction of a native species," said Rowe.
Meanwhile, fish on the Fox River will continue to filter into the waters below the dam.
"Overall things are looking good. We just need to be patient over the next 50-100 years, they should slowly come back," said Elliott.
Fish biologists say the spawning run on the Fox River won't reach its peak for another week or so.
Depending on the weather, 30-50 fish can be expected to move into the waters below the De Pere dam.
First responders helped ring in the holidays at the 45th annual Howard-Suamico Christmas Parade.
Christmas is just two and half weeks away, and kids and families are getting into the holiday spirit.
Single digit temps around the area caused problems in the Fox Valley Saturday morning.
The frigid temperatures forced some area communities to cancel their weekend Christmas celebrations. But New London braved the cold for its annual Holiday of Wonder Parade.
Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's all of the injuries, but many Packers fans are saying "no thanks," to this weekend's Packers game.
With only a little snow on the ground in places, snowmobilers are ready for more. In the Lakewood area, trails are not yet open, but clubs are gearing up for an early start to the season.