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Update from Ron Bruch on Feb. 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

(This update has been posted with permission from the Wisconsin DNR and Ron Bruch.)

“Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report – Wednesday February 16

Slow day today. Upriver Lakes is still open tomorrow (Thursday), but would close tomorrow if the 100% trigger is hit (12 adult females); if 100% trigger is not hit tomorrow the URL will be open at least through Friday. Season on Lake Winnebago is still open and the closure is not in sight. Reports of lots of water and very rough going on the roads off Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago for the first 1/4 mile – water at bumper level on a truck. Didn’t hear anyone else commenting on the condition of the landings. Nine more fish over a hundred lbs today (largest percentage of trophy fish on any single day in the history of the fishery). Indian Point had one of the infamous “white” sturgeon come in today. Not a true albino as the eyes were not pink.

The overall harvest total for the day was 87 including 9 fish 100 lbs or larger (10.3% of today’s harvest; 9 from Lake Winnebago and 2 from the Upriver Lakes). We need 4 more adult females on the Upriver Lakes to hit the 90% trigger there. We need 278 more adult females on Lake Winnebago to hit the 90% there.

The largest fish today was a 169.3 pound, 80.7″ inch female from Lake Butte des Mort registered at our Critters Station in Winneconne by Keith Coats of Winneconne (Photo courtesy of Chris Boucher below).

169.3 pound, 80.7" inch female from Lake Butte des Mort registered at the Critters Station in Winneconne by Keith Coats of Winneconne (Photo courtesy of Chris Boucher)

169.3 pound, 80.7" inch female from Lake Butte des Mort registered at the Critters Station in Winneconne by Keith Coats of Winneconne (Photo courtesy of Chris Boucher)

List of totals by station and the largest fish registered at each station today is in the attached daily report.

Totals by lake area and harvest category:

Lake Winnebago: 7 Juvenile Females
46 Adult Females
19 Males
72 Lake Winnebago Total for the Day – 804 total for season

Upriver Lakes: 4 Juvenile Females
3 Adult Females
8 Males
15 Upriver Lakes Total for the Day – 301 total for season

System-Wide: 11 Juvenile Females
49 Adult Females
27 Males
87 System-wide Total for the Day

1105 System-wide Total for the Season

I’ll be back in the office tomorrow………..”

Ronald M. Bruch, PhD
Upper Fox-Wolf Fisheries Work Unit Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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