Contact(s): Ryan Koenigs, DNR Winnebago System sturgeon biologist, 920-303-5450
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2020 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license or purchase a preference point to be used in future drawings.
Participation in the February 2020 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing season on lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan is controlled through a preference point system where applicants possessing the most preference points are given priority in the drawing. All applicants are notified by Oct. 1 of whether they were drawn for a license and authorized to purchase a license for the 2020 Upriver Lakes season.
All applicants not drawn for an Upriver Lakes license, or those who purchase a preference point only, can still purchase a spearing license for Lake Winnebago before the Oct. 31, 2019 deadline. 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 group 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.