Lake Sturgeon spotted spawning in Fall Creek (Ithaca)

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Lake Sturgeon Restoration in Cayuga Lake Showing Progress

Lake sturgeon in Fall Creek

Today (June 9, 2017), DEC fisheries biologist Emily Zollweg-Horan visited Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY, a tributary of Cayuga Lake. There she saw several 5 to 6 foot long lake sturgeon congregating near the Lake Avenue Bridge in what we hope may be a regular spawning run. DEC has been periodically stocking sturgeon fingerlings into Cayuga Lake since 1995 in an attempt to re-establish a population there. This is the first time staff have detected sturgeon in Fall Creek, and fish may have been helped by the unusually high water this year. The visit followed reports by anglers observing spawning sturgeon there. Lake sturgeon is a NY State threatened species and fishing for them is prohibited.

You might be able to see these giants in the creek from shore during the next few days. There are trails adjacent to the bridge that offer viewing opportunities.