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Lake sturgeon spawning

Spawning season 2022 

May 16, 2022 Update
The 2022 spawning season has ended. Sturgeon have finished spawning on the Wolf, Peshtigo and Lower Fox rivers.

Sturgeon spawning

During mid-April to early May, Lake Sturgeon travel upstream to their spawning grounds, giving the public a prime opportunity to see these ancient ones up close.

Sturgeon spawning is dependent on water temperature and flow. During seasons when water flow is high and water temperatures rise slowly, spawning begins when the water temperature reaches 53 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, during seasons of low water flow and more rapid water temperature rise, spawning does not begin until water temperatures reach 58-59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wolf River cam - underwater [exit DNR]

UWSP students with large sturgeon

Lake sturgeon spawning and viewing locations on the Wolf River

Maps open to larger images. Sites are listed from North to South.

Shawano Dam in Shawano - Parking is available on the east side of the river at the end of Richmond Street.

Bamboo Bend at Shiocton - on County Highway 54. Parking is available on the north side of County Hwy. 54.

Wolf River Sturgeon Trail (near New London) - about 2 miles west of New London on County Highway X. Parking is available on the south side of the river about 1/2 mile from the spawning site

Lake sturgeon spawning and viewing location on the Lower Fox River in DePere

Spectators can view spawning sturgeon from the walkway immediately downstream of the DePere Dam at Voyagers Park. The DePere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier extends out into the river that provides a better view of the spawning fish. The City of DePere website includes details and directions: The Riverwalk Experience, DePere WI (exit DNR).

Lake sturgeon spawning and viewing location on the Lower Peshtigo River in Peshtigo

Spectators can view spawning sturgeon immediately downstream of the Peshtigo Dam in Peshtigo. The Peshtigo River also has large runs of walleye and suckers that can also be seen from the fish viewing platform that extends out over the river. and Wildlife Viewing Pier extends out into the river that provides a better view of the spawning fish. Directions to the Peshtigo Fish Viewing Platform and parking information (exit DNR).