I think it's pretty cool that there are at least a couple sturgeon in there that may date way back. If they are remnants of Merrill being part of a river system in the past, that are able to spawn in still water - awesome! I don't know jack about sturgeon, but, maybe someone more knowledgeable can comment as to whether the silty bottom at Merrill that also is the reason it produces one of the state's only hex hatches may be conducive to their spawning? I'm +1 on leave the sturgeon alone (or try to hook up on one and release it...), btw. As stated above, if there are sturgeon there of that size, they are not the result of some bucket brigade. I love the hex hatch there. I hope I can make it up there in the next few weeks.