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Shawn Simon, 9, of DePere watches sturgeon spawning on an afternoon in 2000 in the Wolf River at Shiocton. / File photo


NEW LONDON The state Department of Natural Resources says the sturgeon spawning season appears to have begun on the Wolf River the earliest by far on record.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday DNR workers saw groups of sturgeon along the Sturgeon Trail on the Waupaca County X spawning site west of New London that looked like they would begin spawning overnight.

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With the early start, the DNR is looking for volunteers to help guard the river against poachers.

To volunteer, go to and search for "sturgeon guard" or call the sturgeon guard hotline at 920-303-5444.

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