Don’t Miss Out On The Sturgeon Spawn

Pictured: Officials tag sturgeon during spawning as visitors watch during a separate event in April. Images courtesy of Kaitlyn Riley-Kesler.

The Wisconsin DNR is hosting a spring open house at Wild Rose Fish Hatchery Education Center in Wild Rose from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Wild Rose has been delivering fishing fun and enhancing and restoring fish populations in Wisconsin for more than a century. Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery grows more trout and salmon than any other, producing musky, sturgeon, and walleye to test anglers statewide.

This free event will give attendees a chance to celebrate the annual spring sturgeon spawn and learn more about Wisconsin’s oldest fish species.

To help attendees learn more about gamefish and angling, the open house will include activities for people of all ages, including casting instruction, fish identification, and following the sturgeon migration journey to spawning areas. Other hands-on activities include printing fish on tote bags, learning how to build a spinner, and making a clay sturgeon.

Attendees can also tour the original 1908 hatchery and explore the modern operation. The Education Center will provide guided tours from DNR staff every 45 minutes, with the last tour departing at 2 p.m.

The Wild Rose fish hatchery is a cool and cold-water hatchery that raises brown and rainbow trout, coho and Chinook salmon, Great Lakes spotted muskellunge, walleye, and lake sturgeon.

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