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Sturgeon Spearing 2013 Report – Day 3

February 12, 2013

Sorry this is a bit late!  With the poor conditions and slow season, I won’t personally be out on the lake this week.  I’ll do my best to keep everyone informed and hope to make it out this weekend!

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 February 11, 2013:

The rain over the last 24-30 hours made for wetter conditions throughout Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, but spearers were still able to get out in search of the elusive, prehistoric sturgeon. Spearers harvested 21 fish from the Upriver Lakes and 9 fish from Lake Winnebago today. Mandi Rahmer pulled in the biggest fish of the day, a 67.1”, 92.2 pound female sturgeon today that she registered at Stockbridge Harbor.

Spearing on Lake Winnebago continues to be slow due to poor water clarity. Due to very low registration numbers at stations along the North shore of Lake Winnebago, we have closed our Harrison Town Hall and Payne’s Point registration stations until further notice. Harvested fish in these areas can be registered at Stockbridge Harbor, Waverly Beach, or Jerry’s Bar (Oshkosh).

Today’s harvest on the Upriver Lakes tripped the 90% trigger for the adult female harvest cap, meaning that spearers will have one more day to fish the Upriver Lakes before the season closes at 12:30 PM on Tuesday February 12. As expected, the 2013 spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes has been very successful, with 235 fish being harvested in the first 3 days of the season (9 of which have been in excess of 100 pounds). Tomorrow’s report will include a vignette about the history of the spear fishery on the Upriver Lakes and what trends we have observed since the lottery fishery was implemented in 2007. Stay tuned!

2013 Sturgeon Tally, Day 3

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