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Border Waters Lake Sturgeon Management Information

Photograph from 1905 of young and old anglers standing around a 400 pound, 15 foot lake sturgeon taken from the Roseau River in Minnesota.

Lake sturgeon facts

 

 


Lake Sturgeon in Minnesota-Canada Border Waters

(Draft Goals - March 28, 2003)
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Long Range Goals (20-30 years)

Rehabilitate and maintain healthy, self sustaining stocks of lake sturgeon that will provide subsistence and recreational harvests. The lake sturgeon populations will have the following characteristics:

Short Range Goals (next 5-10 years)

Rehabilitate self sustaining stocks of lake sturgeon that will provide limited subsistence and recreational harvests. The lake sturgeon populations will have the following characteristics during rehabilitation:

How were these goals determined?

Lake of the Woods/Rainy River lake sturgeon goals were established largely from direct comparison with the Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon fishery. This population is considered to be a healthy stock. By comparing size structure and harvest data between the Lake Winnebago population and the Lake of the Woods/Rainy River population, we can see where we are today relative to where we could be in 30 years.

 


Length frequency of sturgeon sampled from the Rainy River in October 2003.
These sturgeon were sampled and tagged in the Rainy River between Birchdale and Wheeler's Point. The gear used to sample these sturgeon selects for fish between 35 and 70 inches in length.

 


Contact

For questions or comments, please contact:

Phil Talmage
Area Fisheries Supervisor
204 Main Street East
Baudette, MN 56623
tel.: 218-634-2522
email: Area Fisheries Supervisor