December 10, 2019 – There are plenty of sturgeon spearers in the Washington County area and neighbors at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg are familiar with the sturgeon reintroduction process. A bit further north the DNR is working on a lake sturgeon restoration project.
Ryan Koenigs submitted the story below.
The Wisconsin DNR and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (MITW) have been jointly working on a project to restore lake sturgeon to the Upper Wolf River within the Menominee Tribal Reservation.
Efforts date to the early 1990s and capture and upstream transfer of sub-adult and adult lake sturgeon has been the primary method for restoring access of sturgeon to their ancestral spawning grounds below Keshena Falls.
A short video describing the capture and transfer process.