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Update from Ron Bruch on Feb. 13, 2011

February 13, 2011

Here are the daily sturgeon totals from Ron Bruch, my update is to follow!  Click here to view the totals by station and more info.  (This update has been posted with permission from the Wisconsin DNR and Ron Bruch.)

“Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report – Sunday February 13 2011

Nice weather continued into the second day of the 2011 sturgeon spearing season, but spearing pressure dropped off slightly as it always does after opening day, and along with that, the number of sturgeon registered today also dropped off from yesterday (as it also always does). Spearers on Lake Winnebago are now settling into what they expect may end up being a longer season, possibly through next weekend. The season on the Upriver lakes will likely not last as long as Lake Winnebago, and may be done by mid week.

The overall harvest total for the day was 265, compared to 442 registered day 2 in 2010. Today spearers registered 20 fish 100 lbs or larger (7.5% of today’s harvest; 17 from Lake Winnebago and 3 from the Upriver Lakes). The largest fish today was a 132.6 pound, 78.1 inch female registered by Kevin Schumacher of Hilbert. I’ve added a list of the largest fish registered at each station today to the attached daily report.

Totals by lake area and harvest category:

Lake Winnebago: 35 Juvenile Females
94 Adult Females
79 Males
208 Lake Winnebago Total for the Day

Upriver Lakes: 10 Juvenile Females
14 Adult Females
33 Males
57 Upriver Lakes Total for the Day

System-Wide: 45 Juvenile Females
108 Adult Females
112 Males
265 System-wide Total for the Day

707 System-wide Total for the Season

Totals by station in attachment. On Lake Winnebago we are at 30.9% of the harvest cap for adult females, and on the Upriver Lakes we are at 64.6% of the harvest cap for adult females.

By the way………Jeffery Nozar’s 172.7 pound fish speared yesterday on opening day is the 4th largest sturgeon we have ever registered, right behind the 180 pound fish registered by Elroy Schroeder in 1953 which stood as the Winnebago spear record from 1953 to 2004.

See you tomorrow………..”

Ronald M. Bruch, PhD
Upper Fox-Wolf Fisheries Work Unit Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/sturgeon/lakewinnebago/

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