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 159
Upriver Lakes: 1 juvenile females; 5 adult females; 14; TOTAL of 20
SYSTEM-WIDE: 27 juvenile females; 69 adult females; 83 males; TOTAL of 179

Total for the Season to date:

SYSTEM-WIDE: 240 juvenile females; 723 adult females; 694 males; TOTAL of 1657 *(including 78 fish 100 pounds or larger)


Station totals attached.

The graphic below shows impressively that over the past decades the percentage of high weight fish harvested is increasing and this is certainly the result of the scientifically sound management system, including a very strict enforcement of the regulation with illegal catches virtually absent. If you wish to explore more details on the reasons please read the following article: "Why more bigger fish now than 20 years ago?"

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