Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 411–422 | Cite as

Abundance and movement patterns of age-0 juvenile lake sturgeon in the Peshtigo River, Wisconsin

  • David C. CaroffinoEmail author
  • Trent M. Sutton
  • Mark S. Lindberg


In Great Lakes tributaries, age-0 juvenile lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens use riverine nursery habitats during their first summer of life and migrate to adjacent lakes after a seasonal decline in water temperature. We used mark-recapture data collected during this river-residency phase to monitor patterns in juvenile abundance and movement in the Peshtigo River, Wisconsin, during 2006 and 2007. Jolly-Seber and multistate models were used to estimate abundance and describe the probability of movement between river sections. Juvenile abundance was higher in 2007 than in 2006; however, in both years, abundance at the end of the sampling season was lower than at the beginning. Downstream movements were observed more frequently than upstream movements, and the probability of a downstream movement was higher than the probability of an upstream movement. The lower abundance later in the sampling season and propensity for downstream movements suggests that some age-0 juvenile lake sturgeon may leave the natal river before a seasonal decline in water temperature.


Age-0 juvenile lake sturgeon Abundance Movement Multistate model 



We would like to thank J. Lorenz, N. Barton, S. Tyszko, R. Turner, R. Elliott, and M. Donofrio for their assistance with field collections and project logistics. A. Rosenberger and J. Margraf provided constructive comments on a draft of this manuscript. Support for this project was provided by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Purdue University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Caroffino
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Trent M. Sutton
    • 1
  • Mark S. Lindberg
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Fisheries and Ocean SciencesUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Wildlife and, Institute of Arctic BiologyUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  3. 3.Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesCharlevoixUSA

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