2 days remain in annual Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season


BY RYAN KOENIGS
Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist/
Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist

Two days remain in the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System.  
There were 23 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago on Friday, including one fish that was larger than 100 pounds.  
Calumet Harbor remained by far the busiest registration station, as they had 12 fish. The largest fish was 138.1 pounds, 76.0 inches and registered at Calumet Harbor by Zachary Rauls of Fond du Lac.

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR


Day 13 of Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season unspectacular

BY RYAN KOENIGS
Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist/
Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist

There were 31 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago on Thursday, bringing the season total to 574 fish this season (871 fish harvested on the system).  
None of the fish harvested were larger than 100 pounds.  
The biggest fish of the day was 80.9 pounds, 65.5 inches and registered at Calumet Harbor by James Guelig of Mt. Calvary.  Richard Halfmann (Kewaskum) and Charles Bindrich (Kewaskum) had a successful day as they each speared fish out of the same hole within a two-hour period. Both fish were females with Richard’s fish being 54.8 pounds, 64.5 inches and Charles’s fish being 54.2 pounds, 63.7 inches.

Monsoor needs big finish on second stop of FLW Tour

"It's not what you did yesterday, but what you are going to do today?"
As in the world of most sports, such is the world of professional bass fishing.
Tom Monsoor reeled in his first FLW Tour pro bass tournament title in 2017, plus a nice $105,000 check.
But, that was last year. How about this year?
The La Crosse native heads into the second of seven FLW qualifiers Thursday, after fishing a disappointing 73rd place with no paycheck in the 2018 FLW Tour Qualifier season opener on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, FL, in late January.
Monsoor, who has won more than $850,000 on the FLW Tour in 16 seasons, has high hopes as do 185 other professionals in the four-day event on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, FL. Monsoor finished 115th last year.
Although Monsoor is in 73rd place in the standings after the first tourney, he needs a better outcome this week to move up the ladder.
Anglers reaching the top 60 in each event earn $10,000.
"There used to be 150 pros each week, then it went to 165 the last couple of years. This year it's 186," Monsoor said. "It's the biggest circuit in the world and attracts anglers from Japan, Africa and Spain."
It's not cheap to compete on the FLW Tour either. Anglers must commit to all seven qualifying events for a total cost of $31,500 each year. That doesn't include mileage, food and lodging, besides wear and tear on boats, trailers and vehicles. Additional funds are needed for pre-fishing before each tournament. Anglers usually spend at least a couple of weeks prefishing before the qualifier.
"It's not cheap, but it's what I enjoy... fishing," Monsoor said, recently.


4 days left in Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season

BY RYAN KOENIGS
Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist/
Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist

We are now ¾ of the way through the 2018 sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System as of Wednesday, Feb. 21, and only 4 days remain!  
There were 28 fish harvested today, including four fish that were 100 pounds or larger.
The registration stations along the east shore were the busiest with Calumet Harbor and Stockbridge Harbor each registering 10 fish.  There were 5 fish registered at Wendt’s and 3 fish registered at Payne’s Point.
The largest fish in today’s harvest was 120.5 pounds, 76.3 inches and registered at Calumet Harbor by Kenneth Schneider of Chilton. In addition to Kenneth’s 100-plus pound fish, there were 3 other 100-plus pound fish registered:
* Dennis Greenfield of Waupun: 116.5 pounds, 76.1 inches.
* Bryce Brewer of Green Bay: 109.4 pounds, 72.3 inches.
* Jason Baus of Mount Calvary: 108.1 pounds, 72.7 inches.    
 
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR

Wisconsin sturgeon harvest plunges on Monday

BY RYAN KOENIGS
Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist/
Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist

The Monday, Feb. 19 sturgeon harvest took quite a dip compared to Sunday as 21 fish were registered.  
Calumet Harbor (Pipe) led the way with 10 fish registered, followed by Wendt’s (5), Stockbridge (4), and Payne’s Point (2).  
There was a single fish registered that pushed over 100 pounds on the scale and that was the 124.2-pound, 71.5-inch female sturgeon registered at Calumet Harbor by Lucas Wagner of St. Cloud, MN.
Monday was also a good day for the Manderscheid family of New Holstein as the brother-sister combination of Gordon Manderscheid and Stella Manderscheid each harvested fish. Gordon’s fish was 62.6 pounds (66.2 inches) while Stella’s fish was 51.6 pounds (59.7 inches).


Registration open for beginner fly fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors from evening on Friday, April 27, to afternoon on Sunday, April 29, near Lanesboro, MN.
“Youth and adults in these classes are both beginners, so they can learn to fly fish together,” said Deb Groebner, a regional specialist with MinnAqua, an educational program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “When they finish the weekend, they’ll be ready to take on more fishing adventures for a variety of species.”
To participate, youth must be 11 to 17 years old as of April 27, and adult and youth must each have less than 5 hours of fly fishing experience.
The registration fee is $130 per pair and includes meals, lodging, guiding services, equipment and additional materials. Sponsorships to offset registration fees may be available from angling and conservation organizations. This event is limited to 20 youth-adult pairs.
Apply online at surveymonkey.com/r/DNRflyfish2018.
For more information, contact Groebner at 507-359-6049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOURCE: Minnesota DNR

Gregory Naparalla

Sturgeon spearers do well on Sunday

By RYAN KOENIGS
Wisconsin DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist/
Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist

There were 69 lake sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago on Sunday, making it the second largest harvest of the season behind only opening day when 83 fish were registered.  
Sunday’s harvest is also very similar to Saturday's in terms of number of fish registered (68 on Saturday), but different in terms of which stations were the busiest.  
Wendt’s, Calumet Harbor (Pipe), and Jerry’s Bar (Oshkosh) were the busiest stations on Saturday, in that order, while Cal Harbor, Wendt’s and Waverly Beach were the top three stations Sunday.  Yes, you read correctly, Waverly Beach was one of the busier stations on the lake Sunday. There were just 21 fish registered at Waverly Beach during the first 8 days of the season, but Sunday was a new day as 10 fish were registered there.
The largest fish of the day was 141.4 pounds, 75.7 inches and registered at Jerry’s Bar by Gregory Naparalla of Berlin.
The season will continue for 7 more days, but I do want to notify spearers that we have decided to close our registration stations at Waverly Beach, Quinney, and Jerry’s Bar for the remainder of the season. Successful spearers will still be able to register their fish at Payne’s Point, Stockbridge Harbor, Calumet Harbor (Pipe), and Wendt’s.
Good luck spearing over the last week of the season!