Opening day of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season has come and gone.
For the most part, things went as well as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials would have anticipated with less than ideal water clarity conditions. Lake Winnebago was on the slower side with an opening day harvest of 83 fish.
The surprise for the Lake Winnebago fishery is where the fish were harvested from. Given the lack of gizzard shad this season and the dirtier water on the south end, the DNR anticipated some of the northern stations being busier than southern stations.
The opposite was observed as Wendt’s paced the way (27 fish) followed by Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh (16 fish) and Calumet Harbor in Pipe (15 fish). There were seven fish harvested from Lake Winnebago that were 100 pounds or larger with the largest fish being Robert Redman’s 137.5-pound, 74.6-inch sturgeon that he registered at Wendt’s.
Coming into the season, the Upriver Lakes had better water clarity conditions than Lake Winnebago.
Between the three registration stations on the Upriver Lakes, 136 fish were registered including 42 adult females. The opening day harvest reached 44 percent of the adult female harvest cap, so the season should continue for at least another few days.
The biggest fish of the day was registered by Benjamin Berger at Critter’s, weighing 155.6 pounds and measuring 75.6 inches.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR