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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report for Monday, February 15

February 15, 2010

“Somewhat faster harvest pace than typically seen on a Monday during the spearing season today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.  Total of 241 fish registered today including 12 fish larger than 100 pounds.

Totals for the day Monday February 15, 2010:

Lake Winnebago:  32 juvenile females; 92 adult females; 74 males; TOTAL of 198
Upriver Lakes:  1 juvenile females; 13 adult females; 29; TOTAL of 43

SYSTEM-WIDE:  33 juvenile females; 105 adult females; 103 males; TOTAL of 241

Total for the Season to date:

SYSTEM-WIDE:  194 juvenile females; 571 adult females; 530 males; TOTAL of 1295 (including 63 fish 100 pounds or larger)

2010 Season Projections

Lake Winnebago is at 76.7% of its adult female harvest cap (88 to go to hit 90% closure trigger; 155 to go to hit 100% closure trigger)
Upriver Lakes are at 81.1% of their adult female cap (7 to go to hit 90% closure trigger; 14 to go to hit 100% closure trigger)
At this rate the 90% trigger and possibly the 100% trigger could pop tomorrow (Tuesday) on the Upriver Lakes; and the 90% trigger could possibly pop on Lake Winnebago tomorrow (Tuesday).  If at the end of the spearing day tomorrow 90-95% of any harvest cap is reached, the fishery on the respective water would close Wednesday at 12:30 PM.  If 100% of any harvest cap is reached by the close of spearing Tuesday, the 2009 season would be  over on that respective water.”

Ron Bruch, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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