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Sturgeon Spearing, Day 2 2011

February 13, 2011

It was another gorgeous day out on the lake for day 2 of sturgeon spearing season 2011, but good weather doesn’t necessarily mean good spearing.  I drove almost all the way around the lake today and stopped at every sturgeon registration station and saw next to nothing.  I am just happy that I didn’t stick around Waverly today like I did yesterday as only 1 sturgeon was registered there compared to a steady line of sturgeon last year!  A total of 265 sturgeon were harvested–208 from Lake Winnebago and 57 from the up river lakes.  You can view my earlier post to see totals around the lake.

This morning I started driving west/south and passed Waverly, Payne’s Point, and Jerry’s Bar (registration stations) and wasn’t lucky enough to see a single sturgeon.  I stopped at a few boat landings on the way as well to take a look out on the ice and drive around a bit.  I made it to Wendt’s by noon where a crowd quickly gathered to view the daily catch.  Sturgeon came in one at a time from noon to 1:30pm with gaps in between.  I was able to snap some photos of 2 sturgeon over 100 lbs. (pictured below).  The first fish was an F1 sturgeon at 117 lbs. and 72.3 inches speared by Thomas Wightman of Fond du Lac.  The second one I saw was 100 lbs. and 68.7 inches speared by  Steve Smith and Mark Triatik.  Congrats to Thomas, Steve, Mark and all other lucky spearers!

F1 sturgeon at 117 lbs. and 72.3 inches speared by Thomas Wightman of Fond du Lac

F1 sturgeon at 117 lbs. and 72.3 inches speared by Thomas Wightman of Fond du Lac

100 lbs. and 68.7 inche sturgeon speared by  Steve Smith and Mark Triatik

100 lbs. and 68.7 inche sturgeon speared by Steve Smith and Mark Triatik

 

After Wendt’s, I took the ice road across Lake Winnebago to Pipe and headed back to the north end.  I got some photos of the lake from the tower in Pipe then stopped at the registration stations and a few boat landings on the way back home just to snap a few more photos and see if there was any action to catch, but I came up pretty empty handed.  I talked to my dad who was out spearing when I got back to see if he had any stories on the north end and even he had nothing to tell.  He talked to quite a few people who hadn’t seen a single sturgeon or had a story to tell.  He said a few perch playing with the rope holding his decoy and a stray shad kept him entertained as he stared into the otherwise empty hole.

All in all it was an uneventful day and no one is really sure why.  The water clarity is fair all across the lake with some exceptions and we know there is a healthy population of sturgeon down there so it is unclear at this point what the cause is for the slow season.  This week should be interesting as it continues to warm up.  Today the snow quickly began to melt and the ice roads turned to slush with small ponds here and there.  As always, be careful on the lake and best of luck tomorrow for those taking another shot at spearing!

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