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Sturgeon spectacle underway on Wolf river

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NEW LONDON (WKOW) -- One of spring's most unique rituals is underway along the banks of the Wolf River in Northeast Wisconsin.

Crowds of people and fish biologists gathered outside New London on Friday, to see sturgeon spawning up close and personal.

For fish biologists, this brief period is the only time of the year they can measure and tag the largest lake sturgeon population in the world.

Ryan Koenigs, a DNR Sturgeon Biologist says, "This is the only spot that we're aware of where fish are actively spawning, but there's quite a show going on here right now."

While Brenda Recha, a New London native says, "It's kind of the talk of the town and then obviously if you drive by and see the vehicles on the road you know something is happening around here."

Biologists estimate close to 50,000 adult sturgeon will migrate up the river over the next week or so before returning to deeper water.

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