TOWN OF MUKWA - Many are heading to the banks of the Wolf River. The long-awaited sturgeon spawning season is underway in the waters near New London and Shiocton.
People lined the banks to catch a glimpse of the underwater giants. Bruce Conrad is impressed.
"I'm just awestruck. It's just amazing," said Conrad of Appleton.
It is the first time Skip Willis has seen the sturgeon spawning run.
"They just kind of sweep through the water, come up and every once in a while, you see a tail or head come out of the water," said Willis, of Oshkosh.
"Usually 1 to 2 days before they actually start spawning, the males will be cruising up and down the rocks. We saw that yesterday and even Saturday evening," said Ryan Koenigs, DNR sturgeon biologist. "Historically peak spawning on the Wolf River has taken place between April 15th and May 1st. With it being a little bit behind the average year for spawning, I anticipate we're going to have a short intense season."
Crews spent the morning netting fish by hand. Biologists say information gathered Monday will guide future management of the fish.
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"We'll get the length to the nearest tenth of an inch," said Koenigs. "We'll also determine whether the fish is a male or female."
Technicians check for a microchip.
"It's just a little chip that we inject underneath the head of the fish, and the fish will have that tag for the remainder of its life," said Koenigs.
Koenigs says about 20 percent of these fish have been captured before.
Just upstream in Shiocton, sturgeon are moving through Bamboo Bend as well. The DNR says these fish will only be active at a given site for one to two days.
"If you want to get out and see some fish spawn, I suggest you do it over the next couple of days, because it is going to go fast," said Koenigs. "Depending on water temperatures, it will be 5-10 days before the fry will hatch. Usually it's a week period that the fry will be in the rocks yet."
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