Lake Sturgeon – Food Sources
• Diet: snails, clams, insects, larvae, crayfish, worms, fish eggs
• A large species that survives by feeding on very small prey
• A lake sturgeon extends its lips to vacuum up soft live food, which it swallows whole due to its lack of teeth.
• The lake sturgeon’s corkscrew shaped nostrils provide a heightened sense of smell. Four pendulous barbels help the sturgeon to locate bottom-dwelling prey.
• Lake sturgeon have the ability to detect electromagnetic fields, which enable them to detect a living organism in the lake bottom.
• Lake sturgeon are catch and release only fishing in Manitoba, except for First Nations and Metis people.
• Caviar is sturgeon eggs and a prized delicacy. The flesh of lake sturgeon is oily and often prepared smoked. The taste is said to be unique because the lake sturgeon’s diet does not include minnows or other fish.