DEC staff and partners around the state are out sampling to continue measuring recovery of Lake Sturgeon. Scientists at Cornell University’s Biological Field Station at Shackleton Point recently captured an impressive 159 pound, 6 footer from Oneida Lake – the largest sturgeon documented from the lake to date.
DEC and US Fish and Wildlife Service staff will begin their annual egg take on the St. Lawrence River soon to support New York’s stocking program.
The angling public should be mindful of spawning lake sturgeon., they are still listed as a threatened species in New York and targeting them while angling is prohibited. If you do hook a sturgeon accidentally, remove the hook without bringing the fish out of the water if at all possible and release the sturgeon immediately. Never lift a sturgeon by its gills – you could damage their cartilage skeleton.
Read more about fish in New York State here.
Photo of 6 foot Lake Sturgeon from Oneida Lake provided by DEC.