Survey finds sturgeon healthy in northern Minn.
International Falls, Minn. (AP) – A continuing study has found
the lake sturgeon population in the Namakan Reservoir in far
northern Minnesota and Ontario is fairly healthy.
Voyageurs National Park ecologist Steve Windels says that’s
probably because the system is relatively pristine compared to
other systems inhabited by lake sturgeon.
About 20 people representing six agencies and two countries
captured 99 lake sturgeon in the border waters of the Namakan
Reservoir system earlier this month.
On the Minnesota side, the system includes Namakan Lake, Sand
Point Lake, Little Vermillion Lake and Crane Lake.
This year’s catch was way up from the 52 sturgeon caught in
2008, and 45 in 2007.
Each fish is weighted, measured and tagged. In 2008, some were
fitted with transmitters. It turns out the fish move frequently
between the waters in Canada and Minnesota.