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Sturgeon Spearing 2013 Report – Day 14

February 22, 2013

Two more days of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season. Remember to mark your hole well after you pull your shanty off the ice and please be careful! A shanty recently floated down the river after a crack opened at the mouth of the river near Menasha.  Be safe and good luck!

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 22, 2013:

We are now down to the final weekend of sturgeon spearing for 2013, only two more days for spearers to get out there and harvest a fish. Many spearers braved the snowy weather today and harvested a total of 13 fish (1 juvenile female, 5 adult females, and 7 males) from Lake Winnebago. There were some nice fish harvested today, but none that topped the scales at more than 100 pounds. The largest fish (74.5”, 95.6 pounds) was harvested by James Hungerford and registered at Wendt’s. Believe it or not, this fish was actually a male and it had been PIT tagged in the past. PIT tags are the little chips that we inject in fish to mark them during spawning periods. Each tag has a unique 10 digit letter-number sequence that identifies that fish, similar to a social security number (more information about PIT tagging can be found in today’s vignette). We tagged this fish in April of 2005 and at that time the fish was 73 inches long. So this fish only grew 1.5” in almost 8 years! This male is also one of the largest males (by length) that we have seen in the Winnebago System. In fact, the 73” this fish was when we tagged him made him the 5th longest male that we have tagged since 1999, and we have only handled 1 male longer than the 74.5” that he measured today. This fish is likely one of the oldest males in our population, likely more than 80 years old! Our staff did collect a fin ray from this fish so we should be able to get an idea on just how old this fish truly was.

Today’s Vignette: “Why do you tag sturgeon in the spring?”

Sturgeon Harvest Day 14 2013

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