2005 Guided Sturgeon Tours

Sunday May 15, 2005

On Sunday, May 15th two Sturgeon Viewing Guided Tours will be offered on a first come, first serve basis with the first twenty persons registered per tour. The first tour runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the second tour from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. To register for the tours call (231) 625-2776 or visit www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org. Guided participants will be advised of meeting location upon registration. Cost: Contributions accepted. It is impossible to predict the exact dates spawning will occur; therefore there is no guarantee you will see sturgeon.

The bottom dwelling lake sturgeon is a living fossil. Each spring, Michigan's largest and oldest fish species, the lake sturgeon, migrate upstream to spawn. At this time a large percentage of the adult sturgeon in the system are concentrated in a small area. When the sturgeon are spawning along the rocky riverbanks they are fairly oblivious to human activity and can be seen easily.

This ancient species made its first appearance about 136 million years ago. The lake sturgeon can grow to be 8 feet in length, can live to be over 100 years old and weight over 200 pounds. It's also a rare fish. Female sturgeon first spawn between ages 17 and 30, once mature they spawn once every 4 to 7 years. Male sturgeon do not spawn until they are 12 to 20 years old, then spawn once every 2 to 4 years.