A sign of progress, hope for lake sturgeon restoration in Cayuga Lake

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation photo)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries biologist Emily Zollweg-Horan visited Fall Creek in Ithaca, N.Y., a tributary of Cayuga Lake, where she saw several 5- to 6-foot lake sturgeon congregating near the Lake Avenue Bridge in what is hoped may be a regular spawning run.

DEC has been periodically stocking sturgeon fingerlings into Cayuga Lake since 1995 in an attempt to re-establish a population there. This is the first time staff have detected sturgeon in Fall Creek, and fish may have been helped by the unusually high water this year.

The visit followed reports by anglers observing spawning sturgeon there. Lake sturgeon is a state threatened species and fishing for them is prohibited. 

– New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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