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More sturgeon have been detected migrating up the Milwaukee River, but spawning is likely years away

By: Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eighteen lake sturgeon were detected migrating upstream this spring in the Milwaukee River, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources.

The number is a modern-era record and was cheered by sturgeon recovery advocates but comes with two caveats: It was the first year a high-tech sensor, installed in summer 2021, was in place to monitor the spring fish run; and the lack of sturgeon sightings farther upstream highlights the need for projects to improve fish passage in Estabrook and Kletzsch parks.

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