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7 Days Until the 2014 Sturgeon Spearing Season Begins!

February 1, 2014

Sturgeon spearing 2014 is only a week away, are you ready?! We’ve had a cold winter so far and for the first time in a few years, the conditions are looking great. The DNR is expecting a short, successful season unlike the past 3 that have gone the full 16 days. Walter clarity as of January 9th is 13 feet throughout Lake Winnebago and I’ve heard that there are probably over 2′ of ice on the lake. Visit the WI DNR’s “Ask the Experts” webpage to view a question and answer session concerning the season that was held live online on 1/28/2014: http://dnr.wi.gov/chat/expert.html

Following is some info for the 2014 season.

2014 Sturgeon Spearing Season:
Saturday, February 8 – Sunday, February 23 from *7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* daily
*Harvested fish need to be present at a registration station by 2:00 p.m. of the same day the fish was harvested.

Click here to view the 2014 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations

License sales for 2014 season:
Lake Winnebago: 11412 resident + 184 non-resident = 11,596 total (compared to 11,601 total licenses in 2013)
Upriver Lakes: 482 resident + 9 non-resident = 491 (compared to 491 total licenses in 2013)
Grand Total:  12,087 licenses (compared to 12,092 licenses in 2013; 12,680 licenses in 2012)

System wide harvest caps for 2014:
400 juvenile females
828 adult females
1200 males

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