OUTAGAMIE COUNTY - This time of year, spawning sturgeon are turning up in lots of places across Northeast Wisconsin. But some wrong turns this week led one sturgeon to a creek about 25 miles from its intended destination.
The Department of Natural Resources says on Monday a concerned citizen called Seymour police after seeing the 72-inch-long fish in the Black Creek at Seymour Lake Park. When wardens arrived, they found the fish swimming in the creek. Water levels were dropping and a natural dam blocked the sturgeon's exit.
Warden Mike Young netted the fish, and, with the help of two more wardens and a police officer, pulled it out of the creek and put it in a large tub in the back of Young's truck. He took the female sturgeon to Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, a spawning site where more DNR staff members were working. Since it did not have an implanted tracking tag, the DNR implanted one and released the fish into the Wolf River to join other sturgeon that were spawning.
"In my 20 years as a conservation warden, I have never seen a fish take a wrong turn and end up like this," Young said in a news release. "She traveled up the Wolf River, into the Shioc River, and ended up in the Black Creek. It's strange for her to be so far away from the rest of the group, but we're glad to have gotten her to where she needed to be."
The DNR says the fish weighed an estimated 100 pounds and was full of eggs.
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