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Sturgeon Spearing Update from Ron Bruch on February 19, 2012

February 19, 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 – Sunday February 19, 2012

Despite fairly good spearer activity on the ice today, success was limited to only a few areas on the lake, primarily the west shore. Only 1 of the 23 fish registered today was brought in on the east or north shores of the lake. The other 22 fish were registered on the west shore with the most at Wendt’s, Van Dyne (8), then 7 at Payne’s Point Tavern, Neenah, and 5 at Jerry’s Bar, Oshkosh. Late this morning and early this afternoon quite a few shanties were seen moving south and west possibly to cut in along the west shore where the action for most of the season has been the most consistent. Ice conditions are holding but spearers report cracks on the lake that need to be watched for and some of the landings took a beating this weekend with the higher spearer and joy-rider traffic.

Sturgeon Spearing Harvest for February 19, 2012

Click here to view a photo Gallery of some spearers with their fish from the last few days.

Next Sturgeon Vignette tomorrow: “The lowest harvest seasons on record – how does 2012 match-up?”

Til Tomorrow,

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

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