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

Montana Fishery Project

Spawning of Pallid Sturgeon and Shovelnose Sturgeon in an Artificial Stream

May 2011 - July 2014


Participating Agencies

Artificial Stream, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Montana

This project has two objectives: 1) describe the behavioral characteristics of pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon during spawning, and 2) determine the influence of flow, temperature, and substrate on pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon spawning behavior and success. The results from this project will be useful in determining the duration of spawning and how natural resource agencies can manage regulated rivers to benefit sturgeon recruitment.