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Getting into the water at spawning sites is one of the ways fisheries crews sampled sturgeon this spring on the Rainy River and its tributaries. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources sampled nearly 1,400 sturgeon 40 inches or longer in the first phase of a population study underway on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. (Minnesota DNR photo)

Minnesota, Ontario complete first phase of sturgeon study


Minnesota and Ontario fisheries crews tagged more than 1,300 sturgeon 40 inches or longer this spring to wrap up the first part of a major population study of the species on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River.

According to Phil Talmage, area fisheries supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources in Baudette, Minn., crews completed the tagging phase of the “mark-and-recapture” study in late May.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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