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Sturgeon, You Gotta Know!

Have to return to a topic I have blogged about before.  From what I have seen and heard over the past few days, there is no doubt that there are a bunch of anglers who need to know some sturgeon identification!

The Missouri River and the lower portion of tributaries to the Missouri in Nebraska can be home to sturgeon.  The shovelnose sturgeon is relatively common in some of those waters.  However, correct sturgeon identification is critical because pallid and lake sturgeon can also be found in those waters.  Pallid sturgeon and lake sturgeon are much less common and in fact are listed as endangered species.  The pallid is state and federally-listed as endangered while the lake sturgeon is listed in Nebraska as a threatened species.

IF PALLID OR LAKE STURGEON ARE CAUGHT THEY MUST BE RETURNED TO THE WATER WITHOUT HARM, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  They should never be put on a stringer or placed in a livewell.  They should never be allowed to flop around on the bank or in the bottom of the boat.  Pallid and lake sturgeon cannot be harvested.

This video will take you all of two minutes to watch.  Yes, it is a video from the state of Missouri, but it does an excellent job of explaining sturgeon identification.  Watch it.  Know it!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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