Lake Sturgeon

DEC initiated a lake sturgeon recovery program in St. Lawrence County waters in 1994.  Since then, thousands of sturgeon have been stocked in the Oswegatchie River and smaller numbers have been placed in Black Lake and the St. Regis River.  Evidence of the program’s success is the increasing number of incidental catches reported by anglers, particularly bait fishers and particularly in the Oswegatchie River.  Reports of sturgeon catches are especially common around Eel Weir and Elmdale.  Anglers should note that there is no open season in New York State for sturgeon, and possession of the species is prohibited.  All incidental catches should be released immediately.


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