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Sturgeon Spearing 2013 Update from Ryan Koenigs

January 27, 2013

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

Sturgeon spearing update from Ryan Koenigs (Fisheries Biologist) on January 23, 2013:

Ice Shove

Ice Shove at Brothertown Harbor on January 20, 2013 – DNR Photo

“Dear Winnebago sturgeon enthusiasts:

Sturgeon spearing is only 17 days away and I’m sure that everyone is starting to feel the fever and anticipation of another successful and enjoyable sturgeon spearing season. Mother Nature has blessed us with cold weather to create good, strong ice but she also provided us with 50+ mile per hour winds last Saturday that created significant ice heaves on the East shore of Lake Winnebago (see attached photo). Unfortunately, the wind also shifted the ice away from the West shore, in turn creating open water along the West shore. Hopefully, temperatures will continue to stay below freezing for the next few weeks and allow for the lake to heal up from the damage caused by the wind storm. I will be sending out updates on ice conditions, water clarity, and any other related information as it becomes available leading up to the season. I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable sturgeon spearing season in 2013. Just remember to enjoy the sport and culture because this type of event doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world!

Sturgeon Guard Program:

I know most of you are focused on the upcoming sturgeon spearing season, but I would also like to take this time to inform you about our 2013 Sturgeon Guard program. Each spring hundreds of volunteers have an opportunity to guard sturgeon and protect the fish from poaching at their spawning sites on the Wolf River. Sturgeon are very susceptible to illegal harvest when they are spawning along the rocky shorelines of the Wolf River. Therefore, “Sturgeon Patrol” volunteers guard the spawning fish 24 hours a day throughout the spawning season. We are currently scheduling sturgeon guards for the dates of April 1 through May 1, 2013. Interested volunteer guards can find more information at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/sturgeonguard.html . We are working to move the sturgeon guard registration process on-line, but interested guards can currently volunteer by electronically submitting a registration form, by printing the form and sending it to the Oshkosh DNR Service Center, or by calling the Wisconsin DNR Call Center 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463). Thank you to those of you who volunteer to be Sturgeon Guards!”

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