Sturgeon Spawning Draws Crowds
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It's the peak of the sturgeon spawning run and hundreds came out to Sturgeon Park in Shawano to witness this once a year event. With these fish coming right to the edge of the water to spawn and so many people watching, the DNR has special guards in place to protect the fish.
Al Forsyth has been coming to Sturgeon Park in Shawano for almost 30 years to watch the sturgeon spawn. He says it never gets old.
"I like to come down and see them tagging, but I enjoy just seeing them in the water too," said Forsyth.
Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Wolf River to see these prehistoric fish spawn. With so many people in one place the DNR puts special guards to watch over the sturgeon 24 hours a day.
"We have to make sure no one is interacting with them, throwing rocks or touching them, just trying to interfere with their spawning," said Tyler O'Connor, a sturgeon guard for the DNR.