Monday, February 10, 2014

2-11-14 sturgeon spearing season

The senior DNR fisheries biologist says this year’s sturgeon spearing season has been very successful.  The season ended on the upriver lakes Monday and is expected to end this week on Lake Winnebago. "Its one of the most successful opening weekends we've had in quite some time,  DNR fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs told WFDL news.  The opening weekend on the upper river lakes was the highest we've had since we went to a lottery fishery in 2007.   The opening day harvest on Lake Winnebago of 636 fish was the second biggest opening day since we went to a six hour season in 2002."   Koenings says several huge sturgeon have been speared this year.  "So far at this point we've had 75 fish that have been harvested that have been over 100 pounds. Those fish are all probably 60-85 years old.  Lake sturgeon can live to be up to 150 years old."

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