Lake Sturgeon

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Restore, Release: The Great Lakes Now Episode Quiz
- by Maya Sundaresan

Test your knowledge on the Spectacle Reef lighthouse, Pullman neighborhood and lake sturgeon.

Sturgeon Restoration: Starting anew in Sturgeon and Saginaw bays
- by Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

In the bays where lake sturgeon no longer spawn, Indigenous groups and researchers are hoping to change that.

Sturgeon Restoration: Streamside hatcheries on the Manistee, Milwaukee and Maumee rivers
- by Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

By some rivers, seasonal facilities are popping up, with the goal of improving lake sturgeon survival rates and successful natal imprinting.

Sturgeon Restoration: Studying Michigan’s and Wisconsin’s current flourishing populations
- by Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

In the few locations in the Great Lakes where lake sturgeon still spawn successfully, restoration efforts are focused on studying and managing those existing populations or boosting low populations.

I Speak for the Fish: Setting sturgeon free
- by Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

In this month’s column, Kathy Johnson describes her encounters with baby sturgeon and reintroducing them to the Great Lakes watershed.

Raising Fish: An inside look at how one hatchery is helping to restore native Great Lakes species
- by Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

Raising lake sturgeon, walleye and whitefish requires knowledge of biology, engineering, physics, mathematics and a stomach impervious to strong fish smells.

See the Sturgeon: The many ways to see, touch and appreciate sturgeon around the region
- by Noah Bock

Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Fest celebrates a multi-year lake sturgeon restoration program and is just one of a long list Great Lakes Now has compiled on sturgeon-related activities to explore this summer.

Conservation Coordination: Black Lake sturgeon fishing highlights contrasts between Native and state approaches
- by James Proffitt

Sturgeon fishing, over in a morning for most Michiganders, extends over a longer period of time for Michigan’s Tribes.

Hold on! 240-pound fish, age 100, caught in Detroit River
- by The Associated Press

The 240-pound, nearly 7-foot-long sturgeon, assumed to be a female, was quickly released back into the river after being weighed and measured.

Short Season: Sturgeon spearing plays big role in conservation efforts for the ancient fish
- by James Proffitt

This year, sturgeon season on Michigan’s Black Lake lasted just over two hours.

Watch Party: Urgin’ for Sturgeon
- by GLN Editor

Belle Isle Aquarium Curator Paul Shuert, WDET’s Annamarie Sysling and Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chat about sturgeon and answer Facebook audience questions.

Sturgeon Stocking: COVID-19 puts pause on popular sturgeon release program
- by James Proffitt

The program, slated to stock 3,000 lake sturgeon in the Maumee River each autumn for the next two decades, will continue next year.

Environmental groups sue to speed up lake sturgeon status
- by The Associated Press

Environmental groups in Illinois and Indiana have filed a federal complaint in hopes of forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a review that could designate lake sturgeon as a federally endangered species.

An Open Letter: I have been seeing lake sturgeon and plan to keep it up in 2020
- by James Proffitt

GLN Writer James Proffitt’s relationship with the ancient fish flourished in 2019, and he plans to take it further in the next year.

Lake Erie’s Sturgeon Revival: Biggest fish makes its return to Maumee, Lake Erie with new yearly boost
- by James Proffitt

For the second year, 3,000 lake sturgeon were released into the Maumee River in a collaborative effort between U.S. state, federal and Canadian agencies.

Sturgeon, America’s forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back to the Great Lakes
- by The Associated Press

Sturgeon were America’s vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation’s rivers until mankind’s craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction.

Stocking Sturgeon on Lake Erie
- by James Proffitt

Thousands of people – from young children to the elderly – helped stock Lake Erie’s first batch of freshly-minted lake sturgeon last week.

Lake Sturgeon fishing in Michigan aimed at preserving prehistoric fish
- by Great Lakes Today

This story originally appeared on Great Lakes Today and is republished here with permission.  By BEN THORP • FEB 8, 2018 Every winter outdoor enthusiasts…

Sturgeon recovery in Lake Ontario hit by Trump cuts
- by GLN Editor

By Angelica A. Morrison from Great Lakes Today Final part of a series on President Trump’s budget On the shores of the lower…