Lake Sturgeon – Fast Facts
• Also known as Rock Sturgeon, Common Sturgeon, Shell-back Sturgeon, Dog Face Sturgeon, and Great Lakes Sturgeon.
• First Nations people referred to the lake sturgeon as the “Buffalo of the Water” because it yielded a large amount of meat that smoked well. The backbone was used for soup stock, tailbones for arrowheads, and other bones for needles.
• Manitoba Record: 6.5 feet long, caught in 1996 in the Red River
• Largest Recorded: 15.5 feet long, caught in 1903 in the Roseau River
• Males can live to be 55 years old and females can live to be 150 years old.
• In Canada, 5 species, all of genus Acipenser, occur: white and green sturgeons in Pacific coastal waters and rivers; lake sturgeon in fresh waters east of the Rocky Mountains; and Atlantic and shortnose sturgeons in Atlantic coastal waters and rivers.
• In Canada, Lake Sturgeon occur in rivers around southern Hudson Bay, in the Great Lakes, and in inland lakes and rivers from Alberta to Quebec.
• Lake Sturgeon are bottom-dwelling fish found in large rivers and lakes, at depths generally between 5 and 10 m
• In Manitoba, lake sturgeon are found in the Nelson River, Churchill River, Saskatchewan River, Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg River (Nutmik, Seven Sisters, Pointe Du Bois, Slave Falls, Sturgeon Falls)