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Sturgeon Spearing

2015 Sturgeon Spearing Season:
Saturday, February 14 – Sunday, March 1* from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily
*or until any of the pre-set harvest caps for Lake Winnebago are reached OR any of the pre-set Winnebago System-wide harvest caps are reached, whichever comes first.

2015 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations

NOW CLOSED – To purchase your sturgeon spearing license:
Click here to apply for an Upriver Lakes license* (Deadline – August 1st):  Wisconsin’s Online Licensing Center
Click here to purchase your license online (Deadline – October 31st):  Wisconsin’s Online Licensing Center
Or click here to find a license sales location near you:  License Sales Location
Or call toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE
*Spearers interested in applying for an Upriver Lakes license must first apply by August 1st. 500 applicants will receive permits to then purchase their own license prior to the October 31st deadline, while applicants that do not receive a permit will still be able to purchase a spearing license for Lake Winnebago through the October 31st deadline.

License sales for 2015 season:
Lake Winnebago: 12,650 total (compared to 11,596 licenses in 2014)
Upriver Lakes: 484 (compared to 491 licenses in 2014)
Grand Total:  13,134 licenses (compared to 12,087 licenses in 2014; 12,092 licenses in 2013; 12,680 licenses in 2012)

To report sturgeon violations call:  1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367)
Call the DNR sturgeon hotline for updates:  920.303.5444

2015 Events/Sturgeon for Tomorrow Banquets:

January 10:  SFT Southwest Chapter Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac.  Call Jim Patt at 920-922-7136 for tickets.
January 24:  SFT Main Chapter Banquet at the Millhome Supper Club in Kiel.  Call Dan Groeschel 920-923-1077 for tickets.
February 7:  SFT Northern Half Chapter Banquet at the Darboy Club in Darboy.  Call Wayne Hoelzel at 920-725-1206 for tickets.
March 21:  SFT West Central Chapter Banquet at the Oshkosh Convention Center in Oshkosh.  Call Pat Braasch at 920-231-4708.
September 11:  SFT Upper Lakes Chapter Banquet at the Hahn-A-Lula in Fremont.  Call Matt Woods at 920-582-0113 for tickets.
*Visit for the most up-to-date information.

DNR Sturgeon Spearing Season Homepage
Chronology of Winnebago Lake Sturgeon Regulations and Significant Events, 1874–2011

Google Map of select registration stations and lake access spots
History of the Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Fishery (1903-2005)

Sturgeon Registration Stations on Lake Winnebago (subject to change):

  1. Waverly Beach Resort (Junction of U.S. Hwys 10 and 14)
  2. Behind Harrison Town Hall (Junction of U.S. Hwys 114 and State Park Rd.)
  3. Harbor Bar (Stockbridge on the lake)
  4. Quinney Quencher (Quinney on the lake)
  5. Jim and Linda’s Lakeview Super Club (Pipe on the lake)
  6. Wendt’s on the Lake (Hwy 45, 8 miles north of Fond du Lac)
  7. Jerry’s Tavern (1210 Ceape St., Oshkosh)
  8. Payne’s Point Tavern (Cty Trk A, 3 miles south of Neenah)

Sturgeon Registration Stations on the Upriver Lakes (subject to change):

  1. Critters Wolf River Sports (131 W. Main St., Winneconne)
  2. Indian Point Tavern (Cty Trk H 1/2 mile east of Tustin)
  3. Boom Bay Boat Landing (Cty Trk MM on Boom Bay, Lake Poygan)

TBA – 2014 Sturgeon Spearing Season Stats:
Season: February 9-Sunday, February 24
2014 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations
2014 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by County
2014 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by Area and Registration Station
2014 List of Successful Sturgeon Spearers
2014 Post-Season Synopsis

2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season Stats:
Season: February 10-Sunday, February 25
2013 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations
2013 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by County
2013 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by Area and Registration Station
2013 List of Successful Sturgeon Spearers
2013 Post-Season Synopsis

2012 Sturgeon Spearing Season Stats:
Season: February 11-Sunday, February 26
2012 Sturgeon Spearing Regulations
2012 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by County and State
2012 List of Successful Sturgeon Spearers
2012 Harvested Sturgeon Totals
2012 Post-Season Synopsis
Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Stats 1941-2012
Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Stats 1952-2012

2011 Sturgeon Spearing Season Stats:
Season: February 12-February 27
2011 Sturgeon Harvest Totals by County and State
2011 List of Successful Sturgeon Spearers
2011 Harvested Sturgeon Totals
2011 Harvested Sturgeon Totals by Registration Station
2011 Harvested Sturgeon 100 lbs. or Larger

2010 Sturgeon Spearing Season Stats:
2010 Harvest Totals by County and State

2010 Harvest Totals by Lake Area, Station, and Average Fish Sizes
2010 List of All Harvested Fish 100 Pounds or Larger
2010 List of Successful Spearers

All information was found in the Regulations Pamphlet, at, and provided by the WDNR.

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