Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wisconsin DNR Netted And Tagged 124-year-old Female Sturgeon Weighing 240 Pounds

Photo: WI DNR

Female sturgeon released after being tagged by DNR officials into the Wolf River.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 12, 2012

Shawano, WI - On Tuesday, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that they were able to net a 124-year-old female sturgeon weighing up to 240 pounds in the Wolf River near Shawano. Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) named the large female sturgeon "Shawny" for the purpose of the story. Shawny is the largest ever netted female sturgeon during spawning assessments on the Wolf River since 1950 when the DNR began tagging fish. Shawny was the last fish tagged on Tuesday. It measured 87.5" long and weighs an estimated 240 pounds, according to the DNR officials.
Shawny was later released back into the Wolf River after a photo was taken with members of the DNR. A female sturgeon spawns once every two to five years, so Shawny may be back to spawn in the Shawano area as soon as 2014, if she survives from being caught during fishing season. Shawny had partially spawned out when netted and would have been about 30 pounds heavier had she still had all of her eggs, the DNR reported.

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