DEC To Anglers: Steer Clear Of Lake Sturgeon
Albany, NY (WIBX) – According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, something fishy is going on. But, in this case, it might be a good thing.
The DEC is reminding anglers to watch out for lake sturgeon, especially during spawning season. The fish are currently on the state’s threatened species list and have no open season.
During this time of year, the fish are active in several tributaries of the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake. But, because of their low population, since 1994 sturgeon have been periodically added to several bodies of water throughout the state. Stocking locations have included the Genesee River, the Saint Lawrence River and locally at Oneida and Cayuga Lakes.
If you do accidentally hook a lake sturgeon, the DEC says to never touch its eyes or gills, to support it horizontally and to avoid bringing it into the boat. They also suggest using pliers to remove hooks, as the fish are usually hooked in the mouth when caught.
Lake sturgeon first appeared 136 million years ago and can grow to more than six feet in length. Males can live up to be 55 years old, but females may survive up to 150 years.
For more information, visit the DEC website.