Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Missouri
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Missouri Project

Factors affecting Lake Sturgeon reproduction: the next step in recovery and management

July 2022 - June 2027


Participating Agencies

  • MIssouri Department of Conservation

Identifying and documenting spawning by Lake Sturgeon is critical to achieve recovery and is central to many of the objectives in the 2021 draft revised recovery plan. Therefore, the recovery of Lake Sturgeon cannot be achieved without the documentation of spawning and natural recruitment to a sustainable level. The proposed project would address this critical need and help inform the recovery and potential for a future recreational fishery of Lake Sturgeon. Nearly all decisions related to Lake Sturgeon recovery (e.g., should we stock Lake Sturgeon? Where are critical habitats we need to protect? Can we eventually open a limited recreational fishery?) are linked to identifying if Lake Sturgeon spawn, where that is located, and if the progeny recruit to the population.

Presentations Presentation Date
Umland, L., M. Moore, and C. Paukert. 2024. Lake Sturgeon Recruitment Assessment for the Osage and Gasconade Rivers. Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Osage beach, MO. 7 February 2024. February 2024
Umland, L., M. Moore, and C. Paukert. 2024. A One Year Synopsis of Lake Sturgeon Larval Sampling and Benthic Trawling. Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. January 2024