Contact(s): Ryan Koenigs, DNR sturgeon biologist, 920-303-5450
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2019 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license or purchase a preference point to be used in future drawings.
Benjamin Berger's 2018 opening day fish weighing 155.6 pounds and measuring 75.6 inches. This is the heaviest fish harvested from the Winnebago System since the 2014 spearing season. Applications for the 2018 upriver lakes season must be purchased by Aug. 1.
Participation in the Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing season on lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan in February 2019 is controlled through a preference point system where applicants possessing the most preference points are given priority in the drawing. As a reminder, you must apply once every three years to retain your preference points.
All applicants are notified by Oct. 1 of whether they were drawn for a license and authorized to purchase a license for the 2019 Upriver season. All applicants not drawn for an Upriver Lakes license, or those who purchase a preference point only, can still purchase a license before the Oct. 31, 2018, deadline to spear on Lake Winnebago. Spearers can only buy a license for either Lake Winnebago or the Upriver Lakes, not both.
Groups of up to four may apply together by designating a leader and using his/her Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources customer ID on all applications. Each group will carry the preference points of the group member with the fewest points.