Fish Identification Guide

Lake Sturgeon
Acipenser fulvescens
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Primitive fish having several rows of thorny scales or plates and 4 barbels near its mouth, which is located far back under the short, cone-shaped snout. Barbels are not fringed and lower lip has 2 lobes. Threatened species, illegal to possess - rarest of Nebraska's sturgeons. Feeds by dragging its sensitive barbels along the bottom and using its protrusible mouth to suck up bottom materials from which snails, small clams, aquatic insect larvae, and crayfish are selectively removed. No documented natural reproduction in our stretch of the Missouri River. The state of Missouri does some stocking to bolster the population.
Family: Sturgeon
Type: Threatened Fish
Range: Missouri River.

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at