Sturgeon Report – Day 8 : 2/16/19

Timothy Metz had the largest sturgeon speared on day eight of the season. Photo from the Wisconsin DNR

85 fish were speared on the Lake Winnebago System on
Saturday as the sturgeon spearing season continued. The season is halfway
through on Lake Winnebago itself and is one day closer to closure on the
upriver lakes. 53 of the 85 fish speared on Saturday were from Lake Winnebago
with 32 harvested on the upriver lakes. With eight adult females taken on the
upriver lakes on Saturday, only six more fish are needed to reach the 90
percent trigger. Once that trigger is reached – the season will close the next
day. The DNR tells us there is a chance the 90% trigger could be reached
tomorrow, which means the season would close on Monday. Spearers with unfilled
tags for the upriver lakes are advised to keep track of tomorrow’s harvest
numbers to see how long the season will continue.

The largest fish speared Saturday went to Timothy Metz of
Menasha – who registered a 110.6 pound, 72.1 inch sturgeon at Critters on the
Upriver Lakes. The largest fish on Lake Winnebago went to David Berndt of
Winneconne. His fish was 98.5 pounds and 74 inches long and registered at Jerry’s
Bar in Oshkosh.