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Update from Ron Bruch on June 17, 2010

June 23, 2010

“Our sturgeon are pretty much into their summer patterns now as well – 85% of the adults feeding heavily on lakefly larvae in Lake Winnebago, 13% in the Upriver Lakes, and 2% that never leave the rivers; juveniles primarily in the Upriver Lakes, although some are spread out throughout the entire system from Shawano to Winnebago, and this year’s hatchlings should be about 3” long right now, living independently on sand and pea gravel bars 60 to 100 miles up the Wolf River, and 20-40 miles up the upper Fox River.

Our book People of the Sturgeon, Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish is doing quite well having won 6 regional or national awards!  The people’s stories are what brought this book to life, so I hope all sturgeon spearers and other Winnebago sturgeon enthusiasts can all feel some pride in how well the book is doing.  The book is still available at major book stores,, and your local Sturgeon for Tomorrow Chapter.
Finally – an early reminder – if you are planning on applying for an Upriver lakes sturgeon spearing tag to get into the lottery in 2011, make sure you purchase your URL sturgeon lottery application for $3 before August 1.  This will get you into the lottery and if you have enough preference points, put you in a good position to get authorized to buy an URL sturgeon spearing license for 2011.  The lottery winners are drawn in August and notified that they have been authorized to purchase an URL license.  All license sales for Winnebago and URL sturgeon spearing licenses end October 31.  Licenses are $20 for residents and $65 for non-residents.  All funds from sturgeon spearing license sales stay right here on the Winnebago System for our sturgeon program.”

Ron Bruch, PhD
Upper Fox-Wolf Fisheries Work Unit Supervisor, Wisconsin DNR

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