Sturgeon Report – Day 1 : 2/9/19

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR

Day one of the sturgeon spearing season is in the books,
and the numbers are in from the first day on the ice from both Lake Winnebago
and the Upriver Lakes. 97 fish were taken from Lake Winnebago with another 130
fish registered on the upriver lakes. The busiest stations on Lake Winnebago
were at Stockbridge Harbor (30 fish) and Payne’s Point (18 fish), with Indian
Point (58 fish) and Critters (54 fish) the busiest on the upriver lakes. DNR
Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs says the opening day harvest is very similar to
last year’s opener – where 83 fish were taken on Lake Winnebago and 130 fish on
the upriver lakes. Koenigs estimates the spearing season on Winnebago will last
the full 15 days, but will end in about five to seven days on the Upriver
Lakes.  Jonathan Eiden of Appleton had
the largest fish on opening day – his sturgeon measured 85.5 inches and weighed
in at 171 pounds.

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