Sturgeon Report 2/20

Ryan Koenigs with the Wisconsin DNR gave this report on Day 7 of the Sturgeon Spearing Season:

Well the suspense is over and the numbers are in for Day 7’s harvest.  As expected today’s harvest exceeded the 90% trigger for adult females and brought us very close to the season closure of 100% of the adult female harvest cap.  However, we did not reach the 100% closure and the fishery will end tomorrow, Saturday at 1:00 PM.  Coming into today a harvest of 94 or more adult females would have closed down the fishery, but today’s harvest of 74 adult females came up just short.  A total of 152 fish were harvested today from Lake Winnebago with Payne’s Point and Stockbridge continuing to lead the way in number of fish registered.
James Fryman led the way today with his 116.3 pound, 75.2” female that he registered at Wendt’s.  There were 2 additional fish >100 pounds speared today (1 registered at Stockbridge and 1 registered at Jerry’s).    
As the saying goes, all good things come to an end.  The 2015 sturgeon spearing season has been a very successful season with a total harvest of 2,022 sturgeon through the first 7 days.  I am expecting a pretty substantial increase in effort tomorrow and that many spearers will be taking advantage of one last day to the spearing season.  Good luck to all you spearers out there and thanks for making this a great season!  Good luck and throw straight!