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Manage your Missouri lake to help this endangered species.

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The lake sturgeon recovery program's mission is to improve populations of a state-endangered species, and increase the sturgeon’s numbers sufficiently to provide a unique sport fishing opportunity to Missouri anglers. Download this document to learn more.

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Lake Sturgeon Tagging at Hatchery

Lake Sturgeon Tagging at Hatchery

MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Travis Moore removes a scute (a hard, scale-like plate) from a lake sturgeon raised at MDC's Lost Valley Hatchery. Removing a specific scute helps staff determine the origin of the fish if caught later. The fish also received tiny magnetic wire tags to also help researchers catching the fish in the future know its origins.

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Lake Sturgeon Tracking

Lake Sturgeon Tracking

The blue wand at the upper right reads a magnetic tag inserted into the snout of this young hatchery raised lake sturgeon. The tag will help researchers identify the fish if caught in the future.

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Hatchery-Raised Lake Sturgeon

MDC staff raise and release lake sturgeon, a mighty fish for big rivers

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Lake sturgeon date back 150 million years to the dinosaur days and can reach eight feet and 300 pounds.

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A close-up photo of a pallid sturgeon on a measuring board.

Measuring Pallid Sturgeon

A pallid sturgeon being measured.

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Muck Suckers of the River Bottom Rise Again?

Life can be tough for a fish that may live 100 years, isn’t sexually mature until it’s 20 years old or more and feeds by sucking in worms, leeches, crayfish and fish at the bottom of rivers or lakes.

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Oddball Angling: Drum & Sturgeon

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A "sport fish" should not be defined by species alone.

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Pallid sturgeon illustration

Pallid Sturgeon

Scaphirhynchus albus
Similar to shovelnose sturgeon, but with a longer and more pointed snout. Bases of the inner barbels are weakly fringed, and the base of an inner barbel is less than half the width of the base of an outer barbel.

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Pallid sturgeon illustration

Pallid Sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon are rare and endangered in Missouri.

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