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Sturgeon spearing has its roots in Native American customs. Specific rules and regulations have changed several times, but the Lake Winnebago system is now a model for management agencies around the world.
Sturgeon spawning is a yearly event that draws spectators, researchers, wardens and volunteer guards. They gather on the banks of Wisconsin’s Wolf River and its tributaries, where the fish journey to spawn on the rocky banks from where they themselves hatched years before. It’s truly a sight to behold, and all of the sturgeon look like the ancient creatures they are—nearly unchanged for 150 million years.
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