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Ryan Koenigs, senior fisheries biologist and Winnebago sturgeon biologist for the DNR, reports that sturgeon spawning activity has begun on the Wolf and upper Fox rivers.

Water temperatures have climbed to just warm enough to begin spawning activity on the upper Fox River in the Berlin area yesterday.

Pre-spawn activity among sturgeon in the Wolf River was observed yesterday. As spawning activity gets closer, male sturgeon will 'cruise' near the rocky shorelines at sturgeon spawning sites. This 'cruising' activity was observed this afternoon at numerous known spawning sites on the Wolf River including the Sturgeon Trail on Highway X in New London, Pfeifer Park on the Embarrass River in New London, Bamboo Bend in Shiocton, and a few other sites on private property.

Sturgeon spawning will usually take place within 24 to 48 hours of this observed cruising activity, meaning that we are very close to sturgeon spawning starting on the Wolf River.

Call the sturgeon hotline at 920-303-5444 for updates from the DNR on this year's spawning season.

More on sturgeon season: More headlines and video | Browse photos from the 2014 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

View photos from the 2014 sturgeon spearing season | Upload your photos from the sturgeon spearing season or send them to botten@wisconsinoutdoorfun.com.

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