August 28, 2012
MADISON - The locations and hours for sturgeon registration stations [PDF] open during the 2012 hook-and-line sturgeon season, which opens Sept. 1 on select major rivers in Wisconsin, have been updated and are now available online.
Among the changes: new locations have been added to register fish harvested from the Wisconsin River below the Wisconsin Dells dam and hours have changed for some registration stations for fish taken from the Lower Chippewa River, state fish biologists say.
Anglers who want to practice catch and release need only to have their valid Wisconsin fishing license on them while fishing. Anglers who plan to harvest a legal sturgeon - there's a minimum 60-inch length limit and a bag of 1 fish per season -- must have a harvest tag in their possession before fishing. Anglers who harvest a legal-size fish must immediately attach the harvest tag to the fish. All harvested sturgeon must be registered at a registration station by 6 p.m. the next day.
The harvest tag is available throughout the season and costs $20 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Harvest tags can be purchased through the DNR Online Licensing Center, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
State fisheries biologists who manage the lake sturgeon fisheries said sturgeon populations are strong and improving and there are exciting opportunities to catch the fish of a lifetime and some opportunities for harvest.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Scheidegger, (608) 267-9426; Heath Benike, (715) 839-2877; Mike Donofrio, (715) 582-5050; Nate Nye (608) 635-8122