Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
In North Dakota, pallids have been documented throughout the Missouri River System, but because this prehistoric fish requires certain environmental conditions for spawning, the only remaining stretch with a semblance of a population is in the Missouri-Yellowstone river confluence area. Even in this area, however, it is unclear if there has been any successful reproduction of pallid sturgeon for many years. Specific spawning requirements for pallids are believed to include gravel/rock substrate, rising May-June water levels, increasing water temperatures and moderate water velocities. Turbid conditions may also be a prerequisite.