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Natural Reproduction Next Goal for Red River Sturgeon


April 26, 2021

DEO Photo by Ben Simonson

A Long Time Coming. While sturgeon in the Red River aren't quite as big or as well-established as those on northern Minnesota's Rainy River - like this 66 incher caught there on Wed. Apr. 21 by Ben Simonson of Valley City, N.D. - their reintroduction and recent evidence of reproductive capabilities show that the program is working.

As the Red River Lake Sturgeon Restoration Program closes out the first phase of its efforts in 2021 and 2022 fisheries biologists and staff are eyeing up new goals of establishing natural reproduction for the fish which were once extirpated from the border water between North Dakota and Minnesota. With a reproductively mature population now existing and turning up in the sampling efforts of th...

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