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Sturgeon spearing season ends on Lake Winnebago; numbers near 2012


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - For the third year in a row, Wisconsin’s spearing season for sturgeon lasted for the entire 16 days on Lake Winnebago.

A dozen fish were taken Sunday just before the season closed.

Normally, the season ends early as spearers quickly reach their quota limits. That happened this year on the lakes north and west of Winnebago, but not on the big lake itself.

All told, the DNR said 567 sturgeon were taken – one more than a year ago. And 39 of them weighed over 100 pounds.

On the big lake itself, 306 fish were taken – and a record 9.5 percent of them were over 100 pounds.

Emily Walsdorf of Van Dyne caught the biggest sturgeon on the season’s final day. It was 70-and-a-half inches long, and weighed just over 115 pounds.