Fishing for sturgeon? Make sure you have appropriate equipment
Late-season lake sturgeon harvest on Minnesota/Canada border waters opens Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30, according to a Department of Natural Resources news release. A sturgeon tag is required to harvest a sturgeon, but anglers may fish catch-and-release without a tag.
Sturgeon must be 45 to 50 inches, inclusive, or more than 75 inches to harvest. Immediately upon reducing a fish to possession, an angler's sturgeon tag must be validated and attached. Harvested sturgeon must be registered within 48 hours.
First-time lake sturgeon anglers often find themselves ill-prepared to face the reality of battling a fish that can be more than four feet long and can weigh 50 to 100 pounds, according to the news release.
The DNR suggests anglers be prepared with the following equipment:
Additional items for anglers who intend to harvest a lake sturgeon:
The DNR offers the following guidelines for handing large lake sturgeon: