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Sturgeon Spearing Update from Ron Bruch on February 22, 2012

February 22, 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 – Wednesday February 22, 2012

Another day (as we grind on to the end of the season) – another few fish (only 6). Weather not quite as warm as expected and partly cloudy skies may help maintain some adequate ice for the run through the coming weekend to the end of the 2012 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago. The season will go through Sunday February 26 giving us the second season in a row that lasted the maximum 16 days. No shortage of opportunity to get out there to try to spear a sturgeon though – lots of fish, lots of very nice sized fish; just got to have the time, and the safe mode of transportation to get to you and your shack out to your spearing spot on Lake Winnebago.

Today’s totals:

Sturgeon Spearing Harvest for February 22, 2012Big Fish Today: 79.8 pound, 65.0 inch, F2 female speared by Brian Wendt of Eldorado, WI

Photo provided by the DNR

Sturgeon Vignette ……..”How do we know how many sturgeon are in the Winnebago System?” and “How do we set the safe harvest caps?”

Our Winnebago System lake sturgeon fishery is one of the best managed and sustainable sturgeon fisheries in the world producing an average annual harvest of about 1400 fish weighing almost 40 tons. This success is only sustainable because we have some of the best data on any sturgeon population and fishery in the world. Read how we collect and use these data to figure out how many sturgeon are in the Winnebago System over time and how many we can safely harvest each spearing season in today’s Sturgeon Vignette.

Till Tomorrow,

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

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