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Lake Sturgeon in Ottertail

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I was just reading that the DNR is stocking Ottertail with 10,000 fingerling Lake Sturgeon from 2005-2008. Has anyone caught any? I only fish the area once per year on average but thought that was interesting that they were stocked. Would like to hear some feeback from the locals about this and how the sturgeon are thriving.

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I've only seen and heard of 1 being caught. Believe it was in '05. I know they dumped about 10-12,000 of them in OT 2 summers ago as well. Not exactly sure of the reason for this but maybe someone on here does.

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Lake Sturgeon had a historic range throughout the entire Red River drainage. Their distribution was drastically affected after dams and other river modifcation took place, and pollution, and overharvesting (they were used to fuel steam ships believe it or not). There have been strong efforts in recent years by the DNR, and other Tribal resource agencies in the US and Canada to reestablish the Lake Strugeon to their historic range. Because the sturgeon have an incredibly long lifespan (up to 150 years old) and females don't reach sexual maturity until age 20-25, they are at most risk right now, and it will take some time before populations in these re-introduced areas will become self-sustaining.

I know first hand that the efforts by the MN DNR have been first rate and a lot of hard work has been put towards the reintroduction. I personally think it's great that these living fossils are getting a second chance. I've never personally caught one, but from what I heard they are a great fight. I did have the opportunity to witness a female attempt to spawn in Dunton Locks on Lake Sallie this past spring. It was amazing!

If you're interested in trying to ctach one of these great fish, keep an eye out in the HSO gatherings forum for the STURGEON EXCURSION. A good time was had by many last year!

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I did see one laying on the bottom last winter on a camera. Looked to be about 25 inches or so long.

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I have seen 2 of them when I was bowfishing on the river. I don't know the name of the river it comes out by Zorbaz.

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I don't know the name of the river it comes out by Zorbaz.


otter tail river

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The small ones can be caught next to docks by hand.

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    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year. 

      Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.

    • Stick in Mud

      Posted

      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. :)

      Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 

    • if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you

    • FrazerBay

      Posted

      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.   

      Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it. 

    • jigginjim

      Posted

      I have put my guide clients on lots of pike this summer. So far largest bass is 21"- 5lbs  Pike 36" Approx. 8-9lbs, Walleye is 23 inches 3lbs. The walleyes will get better as the water cools. Time to start jigging, everything you got. I'm even started using my crankbaits.

    • bassbouncer

      Posted

      I'm a local and yes we boycott the place. Friends have been told that they aren't wanted there that they only want the tourist business. Wife and I boat to Wolf Bay when we go out. We live 2 miles from the landing and wish it was still run by Jack.

    • RoosterMan

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      Well I made a decision to put the trolling rods away and go do some jigging.   It seemed to be a good one.  I concentrated on rocky transition areas.  I had three slot fish in an hour.  Went back in for some VC pizza and picked my kids up and went back out for a evening trolling run and that produced as well.  You have to love this lake.  

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    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      We have friends up and they wanted to take us out for dinner, via the boat.  With the wind, the only place was the landing, I tried vetoing It, but lost out.  Had $12.00 burger and fries.  Very good and the service was fast-only 8 others in the dinning area and a few at the bar.  I checked the prices on the wings-$16.00 for 1-1/2lbs.  Del, they had a pretty good burger menu.  I asked about the 20% off deal and the waiter blew me off and said he didn't know anything about it.  I asked who I should talk to, he said the manager or the owner.  We paid the bill and left without asking.  I liked it a few winters ago when they had ,25 wings and 2.00 beers.

    • knoppers

      Posted

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  • Posts

    • Stick in Mud
      We've done OK out there this year. Nothing special, but better for us than last year.  Last time out, we found piles of fish in 60-70 feet. Caught a few, couldn't release them, and stopped fishing them.  Got a couple jig rapping shallower, got a few trolling, and got a few on spinners.  No one pattern got skunked, but nothing stood out, either.
    • Stick in Mud
      Sorry for the late response....I suspect not many folks are building skid houses these days. Our houses have steel skids.  One had wood, but we changed them out. 
    • ZachD
      if you ever need another shooter let me know I would be down to shoot with you
    • FrazerBay
      Like the food and like the menu. Like the fact there are places to eat on the lake and will continue to support them.
    • delcecchi
      Thanks, cigar guy.   Might check into it next year.  Or maybe not.   They always used to have some expensive entrees but we just ignored them.    Even 12 for a burger is sort of high for the area, but the view is worth something.   Probably stay with the Crescent.   I don't see how there are enough tourists for the landing to make it.