Sturgeon Spearing Slows On Fifth Day Of Season

(Winnebago) Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say only 11 fish were harvested Wednesday on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver lakes. They say it is the slowest harvest they have seen since 2019 when there were a few days with only 10 fish harvested.

Eight of the fish were taken on Lake Winnebago Wednesday. There are still two adult females left until the 90-percent trigger is activated or 10 more adult females until the 100-percent cap is reached on the Upriver lakes.

No sturgeon over 100 pounds were harvested during the fifth day of the season. The biggest fish was just over 75 pounds and measured 67.1 inches in length. It was taken by Anthony Woelfel.

DNR officials are hoping colder weather over the next few days will help ice conditions and bring out more spearers.

Pictured: Joseph Kobriger and Anthony Kobriger showing off their successful sturgeon harvest on a rainy Wednesday at the Stockbridge registration station. – Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR