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Less Than 57 Hours Until the 2012 Sturgeon Spearing Season Opens!

February 8, 2012

Well we’ve got under 3 days now before the start of the season!  Normally I would be much more excited, but the ice still isn’t the greatest out there.  I’ve heard a million different reports on ice conditions around the lake and it sounds like some are finding decent ice while others are staying off the lakes all together.  I heard a large crack opened up on the west shore of the lake today–anyone on the west side have an update?  It sounds like the upriver lakes have a better base of ice than Lake Winnebago right now.  So far 60 spearers have voted in the poll to the right of the screen and it looks like 56.67% of spearers will participate in this season, 30% of spearers will sit this one out, and 13.33% are waiting to decide.  Cast your vote today!  Continue to be extremely careful if you do venture out on the ice and share updates on Facebook or leave a comment on the blog!  Here’s the latest story in the news today:

Fox 11:  “Ice rescue teams getting ready for spearing season
Post Crescent:  “Poor ice conditions loom for sturgeon spearing season
Wisconsin Trails magazine has an article on the sturgeon spearing season in the January issue:  “Spear Luck

On a different note, did you get your 2012 sturgeon spearing apparel?  Many of the local bars are selling sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, pins, pint glasses, spears, decoys, gaff hooks, and more.  Check out the bars including Waverly Beach, Fishtale Inn, Quinney Quencher, Countryside, Wendt’s on the Lake, and many others to see what’s for sale.  Also don’t forget to sign up for the sturgeon contest at your favorite bar, enter for a chance to win a new spear, or purchase your sturgeon derby tickets!  I didn’t get a photo of the gear for sale at each bar, but here is some of what you’ll find at the Fishtale Inn in Hilbert this year:

Sturgeon Spearing Gear at the Fishtale Inn

You’ll find these pint glasses at most bars for just a few bucks:
Sturgeon Spearing Pint Glasses

Click here (then click “sturgeon derby” on the left side of the screen) for a list of places where you can purchase your 2012 Sturgeon Derby tickets from the Sherwood Lions Club.  Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be held on March 25th at Waverly Beach.  The 1st place winner will win 20% of tickets sales and 2nd place will win 15% of ticket sales.  There are many other prizes so click here to view the ticket, prizes, and more info!

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