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Record-breaking Sturgeon?

January 30, 2010

It sounds like there are some pretty big sturgeon out there this year, maybe more so than in the past. Fox 11 posted a short article on the matter. Get ready to break some records!

Also check out this article from the Wisconsin DNR site for some great info.

“The current sturgeon population in the Winnebago System is the largest in the world. It is estimated to be at more than 58,000 fish including 47,100 fish over the 36-inch minimum size limit in the spear fishery. Of those legal sized-fish, 5,900 are estimated to be juvenile females, 14,800 adult females, and 26,400 adult males.”

On the current ice condition: “As of Jan. 25, 2010, there were 16 to 18 inches over most of the lakes, although there are areas of the lake with thinner ice. Three people have recently drowned on Lake Winnebago after the vehicles they were travelling on went through the ice. Anyone traveling on the lakes should check the ice first to make sure the area they are in is safe, Bruch says. Fishing clubs around the lakes have scouted and marked roads with upright Christmas trees placed every quarter-mile along the road. Downed Christmas trees indicate a crack or unsafe ice – stay away from these areas.”

(Both excerpts from the Wisconsin DNR at http://dnr.wi.gov/news/DNRNews_Lookup.asp?id=207#art1)

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