2011 Winnebago Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Season? Season Synopsis
The 2011 season went into the books as the 4th 16 day season since we began the harvest cap system in 1999. The others were 2002, 2006, and 2007. Under current rule the season lasts until we hit one of the harvest cap closure triggers or 16 days, whichever comes first. The average season length under the harvest cap system since we went to the 6 hour spearing day (6:30 AM to 12:30 PM) in 2005 is 11 days. The shortest season since 2005 was a 4 day...
2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River
Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:
The 2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River. A handful of females have been spawning with their harems of males along the Wolf River Trail on County Highway X west of New London for a few days now, but the remaining 3000 or so females in the river that need to spawn yet have been waiting for the water temperatures to get a little higher. The wait appears to be over as a large number of fish move...
Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Wednesday, February 17th
The 2010 sturgeon spearing seasons on both the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago will end tomorrow, Thursday February 18th, 2010, at 12:30 PM. Total of 179 fish registered today including 7 fish larger than 100 pounds. Ninety percent harvest closure triggers were hit today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes.
Totals for the day:
Lake Winnebago: 26 juvenile females; 64 adult females; 69 males; TOTAL of 159Upriver Lakes: 1 juvenile females;...
Record lake sturgeon catch from Lake Winnebago weighing 212.2 lb (96.3 kg)
More on the new record fish - "If this fish could only talk"
The 212.2 lb (96.3 kg), 84.2 in (214 cm) record fish harvested yesterday was a record not only for Lake Winnebago, but also a new sturgeon spearing record for Wisconsin. The previous record sturgeon taken by spear in the state was a 195 pound fish harvested on May 20, 1979 from Pokegama Lake in Vilas County on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. Although we have not yet aged this fi...
Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Sunday, February 14th
Somewhat slower harvest pace today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, which typically happens the day after all the excitement following opening day. Total of 656 fish registered today with, again, a nice bevy of 17 fish larger than 100 pounds. The number of spearing shanties dropped very little lake wide though from 4033 shacks on Lake Winnebago yesterday to 4009 today and 490 on the Upriver Lakes yesterday to 469 today. Many spearers...
Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report for Saturday, February 13th
A record smashing day on Lake Winnebago today for the start of the 2010 sturgeon spearing season. We have been handling fish in our spring spawning surveys in excess of 200 pounds for several years now, and finally one of these large super-trophies has shown up in the spear harvest. Ron Grishaber of Appleton registered a 212.2 pound, 84.2" sturgeon this morning at our Harrison Registration Station, west of the village of Sherwood.
Also a record n...
Petition to list US Atlantic sturgeon as endangered is seeking for comments and information
The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce has released a 90day petition finding and a request for information on a petition to list Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) as endangered, or to list multiple distinct population segments (DPSs) as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the ESA.
On October 6, 2009, the petition fr...
Specimen of Ship Sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris) captured alive in in the Danube River
Dear friends & colleagues,
Please see below the message of Hungarian ichthyologist and friend, Zoltan Sallai, about the lucky capture of live specimen of elusive (Acipenser nudiventris) ship sturgeon, on Dec. 2, 2009 in a wintering hole (18 m) in the Danube River, near Mohacs, Hungary. The fish is a male, TW = 22 kg, TL= 140 cm.
The fish was transported and is kept at the Hungarian Fishery Research Institute, HAKI in Szarvas. Now, we only nee...
Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing
Middle February was the day 1 of the 2016 Sturgeon Spearing season 2016 on the Winnebago System. This traditional fishing method is permitted every year for a limited period of time and captures under the supervision of the Winnebago Sturgeon System of the Winsconsin Department of Natural Resources.