Because of their larger size and habit of surfacing while spawning, it would not be unusual for people to notice them. While it might be tempting to try and catch one, it is important to leave these endangered fish undisturbed during this critical spawning period. It is illegal to take, possess, or harass any of our endangered fish species at any time. If accidentally caught, Lake Sturgeon must be released immediately, unharmed.
A list of our state endangered fish species can be found on our website or on page 9 of this year’s Fishing Guide. Information on correctly identifying Lake Sturgeon can be found on page 13. If you think you witnessed Lake Sturgeon spawning activity, please let us know by emailing fishid@dnr.IN.gov.
Annual monitoring of Indiana’s Lake Sturgeon spawning is made possible by donations to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund.