Wednesday, August 01, 2012

This is why I love my job...sometimes





I have been spending lots of work time on a beautiful river these last couple of weeks. We had plans to sample the St. Croix River last year, but the totally partisan bickering and unnecessary government shutdown in MN got in the way. We are making up time this year. Above is a 39" lake sturgeon we caught today; this species is notoriously hard to catch by electrofishing, and it was thrilling to me to see this one roll up. No fish were harmed; the sturgeon swam off after we measured and weighed it. It had a tag from the state of Wisconsin; Minnesota and Green Bay Packer country have an agreement where we share information. :) Not much else.

I am amazed by the beauty of the river whenever I come out, and it more than makes up for the bumps and bruises from running into rocks.

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3 comments:

Jayne said...

It's wonderful to have a job doing something you really love, isn't it? :c)

Floridacracker said...

AWESOME!
Hey Deb, do lake sturgeon jump during the spawning season?
Our Gulf Sturgeon in the Suwannee River jump frequently, sometimes even colliding with boats and boaters.

Deb said...

Jayne- when I think of how lucky I was to end up with a job like this...yeah, there are other things I want to do in life, but this is good!

FC- I have never seen them spawning. They spawn in rapids, so there may be some jumping going on. They sure put up a good fight on a fishing line!