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DNR to transfer sturgeon from Minnehaha Creek to Mississippi River

Updated: July 25, 2019 12:39 PM

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources considered options for a large sturgeon pulled out of Minnehaha Creek Wednesday.

Two Edina boys, 14-year-old Owen Sanderson and 12-year-old friend Mac Hoekstra, caught the fish next to the 56th Street bridge in Edina.

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Thursday, a member of the DNR fisheries management team told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a crew was planning to visit the creek with a tank truck and net the fish.

Then, he said the crew will take the fish to the Mississippi River so it can be with other mature adult sturgeon for breeding.

The member of the fisheries management team said the DNR estimates the fish to be about 60-65 inches and is likely a female fish. Additionally, the fish could be about 70 years old.

The DNR states the sturgeon could have entered the creek to spawn and said it's an exceptional case because normally, large fish do not enter shallow waters.


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