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Fishing WisconsinWinnebago System sturgeon spearing 2015

Big fish to date

John Skahen registered a 161.0 pound, 77.1” sturgeon at Quinney. The fish was the largest fish taken during the 2014 season.

Planning ahead - Sturgeon spearing season 2015 opener - February 14, 2015


Spearing success

Documentary chronicles the sturgeon spearing tradition

The Frozen Chosen is a must-see program for people interested in the culture of Winnebago system sturgeon spearing. Video available for purchase here 

2015 Lake Winnebago

Daily harvest Season harvest Harvest cap
Juvenile females 0 0 320
Adult females 0 0 745
Males 0 0 960
Totals 0 0 -

2015 Upriver Lakes

Daily harvest Season harvest Harvest cap
Juvenile females 0 0 80
Adult females 0 0 83
Males 0 0 240
Totals 0 0 -

2014 Winnebago system sturgeon season summary report

2014 Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season: a season that lived up to the billing [PDF]

Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing regulations 2015

The 2015 Lake Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Regulations [PDF]

Sturgeon shanty rentals

If you or someone you know rents shanties for the spearing season on Lake Winnebago and/or the Upriver Lakes, please send the contact information to Ryan Koenigs. Shanty rental information is very popular (and helpful) to first-time sturgeon spearers.

Sturgeon license sales for 2015 season

A record 13,134 licenses were sold for the 2015 sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago (12,650 licenses) and the Upriver Lakes (484 licenses).  The 11% increase in license sales over the 2014 season is attributable to the overall spearing success of last year’s season.  Water clarity and ice conditions for the 2014 season were the best they had been in five years, which resulted in a successful season for many spearers.  The popularity of the Upriver Lakes lottery fishery continues to grow, as a record 6,466 people applied for an Upriver Lakes license (of which only 500 licenses are authorized for purchase).

Sturgeon spearing culture

The ice-fishing season for lake sturgeon is more about getting together and fishing together than harvesting a lunker.

Contact information
For more information, please contact:
Karl Scheidegger
Fisheries biologist
Last revised: Monday January 12 2015