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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 2,103 days

Winnebago sturgeon spearers harvest 231 on Monday; 3-day total 1,105

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Published: February 17, 2009 by the Northeast Region

Contact(s): Ron Bruch, DNR Senior Sturgeon Biologist, (920) 424-3059
Tom Turner, DNR Public Affairs Manager, (920) 662-5122

Winnebago & Up River Lakes Report for Monday, February 16, 2009

OSHKOSH - The lake sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago and its Upriver Lakes will continue to remain open tomorrow, February 17th.

According to Ron Bruch, DNR sturgeon biologist the season on Lake Winnebago could remain open for several more days. "On the Upriver Lakes, there is a good chance that one of the season-closing triggers will pop tomorrow," he said. "That would close the season on those Upriver Lakes at the end of spearing on Tuesday or Wednesday."

The DNR's sturgeon registration team reported 184 fish were speared Monday on Lake Winnebago including 114 female sturgeon (41 juvenile females and 73 adult females) and 70 males.

On the Upriver Lakes, Monday's take was 47 including 18 females (10 juvenile and 8 adult females) and 29 males.

To date, there have been 1,105 sturgeon speared this season on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.

According to Bruch, Monday is typically the slowest harvest day during the spearing season on the Winnebago Pool Lakes. "People return to work after the opening weekend," he said. "This was true on this Monday, February 16."

The 2009 season began on Saturday, February 14 and is scheduled to close on March 1 or when pre-set harvest caps are hit. Currently, spearing on Lake Winnebago is at 54.4% of the cap for juvenile females, 69.1% for adult females and 39.1% for males. On the Upriver Lakes juvenile females are at 87.1% of the cap, 79.4% of adult females and 65.5% of males.

Lake Winnebago/Upriver Lakes 2009 Sturgeon Spear Harvest -
Preliminary Daily Report - Monday, February 16, 2009

Lake Winnebago

Station Juvenile Female Harvest Today Juvenile Female harvest Season Total Adult Female Harvest Today Adult Female Harvest Season Total Male Harvest Today Male Harvest Season Total DAILY TOTAL SEASON TOTAL
Waverly Beach 3 15 5 24 5 6 13 65
Harrison Town Hall (behind) 6 13 6 43 1 26 13 82
Stockbridge Harbor Bar 17 60 36 160 23 114 76 334
Quinney Quencher 10 23 8 59 13 51 31 133
Calumet Harbor 1 15 4 40 12 40 17 95
Wendt's Bar
Van Dyne
0 9 5 28 4 21 9 58
Jerry's Tavern
Oshkosh
0 1 1 6 3 8 4 15
Payne's
Point Tavern
4 22 8 32 9 27 21 81
WINNEBAGO
DAILY TOTAL
41 158 73 392 70 313 184 863
WINNEBAGO SEASON TOTAL   158   392   313   863

Upriver lakes

Station Juvenile Female Harvest Today Juvenile Female
  Season Total
Adult Female Harvest Today Adult Female
Season Total
Male Harvest Today Male Harvest Season Total DAILY TOTAL SEASON TOTAL
Critters Sports Bar - Winneconne 2 21 1 10 6 32 9 63
Tustin - Indian Point Bar 5 30 6 33 16 67 27 130
Cty Landing on Boom Bay 3 10 1 7 7 32 11 49
UPRIVER LAKES DAILY TOTAL 10 61 8 50 29 131 47 242
UPRIVER LAKES SEASON TOTAL   61   50   131   242

Total Harvest for the Day: 231
Total Harvest thus far for the Season: 1,105

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Last Revised: Tuesday, February 17, 2009