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Sturgeon Spearing Update from Ron Bruch on February 17, 2012

February 17, 2012

The following update has been posted with permission from Ron Bruch and the Wisconsin DNR. This website is not affiliated with the DNR, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, or any other organization.

“Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report – Friday February 17, 2012

Things picked up today with an increase in the harvest to 31 fish…. A few more spearers out and word is many more planning to make a mid season push this weekend. Generally, reports indicate that ice conditions are holding OK although some of the landings are beginning to deteriorate from traffic, and there are still some bad areas – as usual, be careful out there. Long range weather forecast is calling for daytime highs near or above freezing pretty all of the next 10 days with the only good news – night-time temps are supposed to be in the 20s which hopefully will help heal the ice a little each day for the last run to the end of the season. The weather guys have been wrong before – why not now? Would be nice to get a little blast of winter yet to give late season spearers decent conditions to try to get their fish – come on you weather guys!

Today’s totals:

Sturgeon Harvest for February 17, 2012Largest fish today: 114.6 pounds, 79.1 inch F6 (spawned out last year) female speared by Joshua Emerson of Oshkosh.

Another nice fish today: a 74.6 pound, 65.5 inch F4 speared by Wayne (Ace) Van Straten of Shiocton (with Eileen Park of NBC 26 Green Bay TV)

74.6 pound, 65.5 inch F4 speared by Wayne (Ace) Van Straten of Shiocton (DNR Photo)

74.6 pound, 65.5 inch F4 speared by Wayne (Ace) Van Straten of Shiocton (DNR Photo)

Sturgeon Vignette – “How old is my fish”

We often get asked “About how old is that fish?” when spearers bring their fish in for registration or onlookers are oohing and awing over a big fish brought in to a station. The answer to this question and a whole lot more is in today’s “Sturgeon Vignette”.

Click here to read “How old is my sturgeon?”

Have fun………

Till Tomorrow,

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

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