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Winnebago System Lake Sturgeon Spawning Assessments 2012

May 9, 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.

“Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:

Well our crew has rested up after a long spring, and we were able to use the last few weeks to enter and summarize the data that we were able to collect this spring during our sturgeon spawning assessments. It was a very productive year that was highlighted by a record fish and sturgeon spawning at Keshena Falls for the first time in over 100 years (read more in the summary below). All together we were able to handle and release 1,762 sturgeon, 236 of which were females (the most females that we have ever handled in one year during spring tagging).

I would also like to report that the minimum sturgeon spearing age has been changed from age 14 to age 12. This change was part of the Outdoor Heritage Bill that was recently signed into law. This change has already been taking into account at license sales locations, meaning that 12 and 13 year olds can now purchase sturgeon tags. Sturgeon spearing is a unique pass time and culture that is truly unique to this area, and I hope that we can involve more youth into the sport and keep this tradition going for generations to come.

Click here to read the DNR’s synopsis on the Lake Sturgeon Spawning Assessment of 2012 within the Winnebago System!

-Ryan Koenigs, Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist

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