Contact Us

DEC To Anglers: Steer Clear Of Lake Sturgeon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, flickr

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.

More From WIBX

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wibx950.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!