Georgia Reintroducing Lake Sturgeon ATLANTA, GA--In an ongoing effort to reintroduce lake sturgeon to the Coosa River Basin, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will release more than 3,200 fingerlings to the Oostanaula River during the coming weeks. Aside from re-establishing the threatened fish, biologists hope their efforts might increase sportfishing opportunities. The WRD began researching the possibility of long-term re-introductions of the sturgeon more than seven years ago. To date, more than 3,000 fingerlings have been released in the Coosa River Basin. In order to alert local anglers to the presence of lake sturgeon and what to do if one is caught, WRD has posted signs at all boat ramps and easily accessible fishing banks along the river. Lake sturgeon cannot be harvested and must be released unharmed as soon as possible. If anglers catch a sturgeon, it should be returned to the water quickly. Sturgeon should not be kept on a stringer, kept in a live well or otherwise stressed in a manner that could cause it harm. If the fish is hooked deeply, the angler should cut the line as close as possible to the hook and release the fish with the hook. For more information on lake sturgeon and their reintroduction to the Coosa River Basin, visit www.georgiawildlife.com.
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