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Tennessee “Lake Sturgeon” Release

The Lake sturgeon can get really big… and live a really long time. They can grow to eight or nine feet long… weigh 300 pounds… and live to be 150 years old… that’s only if they can survive their circumstances. They’re listed in Tennessee as endangered. But over the past couple decades… more than 220,000 Lake Sturgeon have been hatched and then released into the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers.

Sturgeon are proof that our natural resources come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most spectacular examples can be found in Tennessee’s 85 state natural areas… places like Short Springs Natural Area in Coffee County, just outside of Tullahoma.

Episode 3511

What to do if you catch a Lake Sturgeon

Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

The Nature Conservancy

The Jackson Foundation