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MILWAUKEE — DNR fisheries crews who have worked to restore lake sturgeon to Lake Michigan found a welcome sign on Aug. 1, 2013.

On their second day of setting gill nets in the Milwaukee Harbor area to look for lake sturgeon, they captured a young one. The sturgeon had an identification tag marking it as having been raised at the streamside rearing facility DNR operates with Riveredge Nature Center volunteers. The fish was stocked into the Milwaukee River on Oct. 2, 2010. The fish was 8.5 inches and 41.3 grams when it was stocked; when it was captured today, it was 21.9 inches and 950 grams.

“This is the first sturgeon we have caught via an independent fishery survey in Lake Michigan. Others have been caught by other agencies. This shows that we are getting survival from fish stocked via our facility. It also shows fish are in the area which we also saw in spring when we caught some via electro fishing.” said Brad Eggold, DNR fisheries supervisor for southern Lake Michigan.

More on sturgeon season: More headlines and video | Tweets collected during the season | Browse photos from the 2013 season | Browse photos from the 2012 season | Share your sturgeon photos | Watch cameras on the Wolf River | Watch cameras positioned in Stockbridge

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