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Sturgeon Spearing 2014 Report, Day 4 – February 11

February 11, 2014
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, 2014:

“Dear Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:

Day 4 of the 2014 Sturgeon spearing season has come and gone with a total harvest of 152 fish. Overall, today’s harvest was much more spread out, but the south end stations of Jim and Linda’s (Pipe) and Wendt’s still produced the most fish. A more in-depth breakdown of numbers of fish registered at each station is provided in the attached PDF document.

There were 7 more fish harvested today that exceeded 100 pounds, with the largest fish of today being a 128.4 pound, 77,3 inch fish that was registered at Jim and Linda’s by Steven Lucus.

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Given the harvest today and our relation to the adult female harvest cap, it appears that tomorrow’s harvest will exceed the 90% trigger for adult females and Thursday will be the last day of the 2014 spearing season on Lake Winnebago. We are currently only 38 adult females away from the 90% trigger for the adult female harvest cap, and there were 73 adult females harvested today. So barring a 50% reduction in harvest of adult females in day 5, the 90% trigger should be reached tomorrow meaning the season would close on Thursday. So I urge you to make the appropriate arrangements to get out on the ice in the next couple of days if you want another chance to harvest a sturgeon this year.”

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