La Crosse pro bass angler 75th after Day 1 in Florida
LEESBURG, Fla. - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor (pictured) rests in 75th place after Thursday's first day of the FLW Tour Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on the Harris Chain in Leesburg, Fla. Rusty Salewske of Alpine, Calif., leads the tournament with a hefty five-fish limit weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces. Monsoor, 71, and a semi-retired commercial fisherman, reeled in five fish totaling 11-8. "I'm missing the boat. I'm not figuring out what the fish are doing," lamented Monsoor, from his hotel room early Thursday night. "I'm trying everything, but I'm not in the right spots." Monsoor said the Florida weather was mild and in the 70's, but the Florida sun didn't shine on the old Wisconsin boy. Confused as to how he will approach day 2, Monsoor simply said, "I'm just going fishing and I may go to a different lake." Monsoor, like many of the 150 pros, fished Lake Harris on Thursday. Look for the La Crosse fishing legend to head to Lake Griffin on Friday despite the long run and less fishing time.
Wisconsin spearers take 23 more sturgeon on Wednesday
Today was the 12th day of the 2020 Wisconsin lake sturgeon spear fishery on the Winnebago System, meaning that the season is now 3/4 of the way over. There were 29 fish harvested on Wednesday with 23 coming from Lake Winnebago and 6 from the Upriver Lakes. The registration station at Jim and Linda's once again paced the way with 8 fish registered, followed by Stockbridge Harbor with 6, Payne's Point with 5, and Wendt's with 4. Of the 6 fish registered on the Upriver Lakes, 5 were registered at Critter's. The largest fish of the day was 77.6 pounds, 65.5 inches and registered at Payne's Point by Tyler Auclair (pictured). Dennis Korn registered his 76.6-pound, 66.0-inch lake sturgeon at Critter's. Korn's fish was the largest sturgeon taken from the Upriver Lakes.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin spearers take 30 sturgeon on day 10
There were 30 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System on Monday with 23 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 7 from the Upriver Lakes. Stockbridge Harbor led the way on day 10 with 7 fish registered followed by Jim and Linda's with 6 and Payne's Point and Wendt's each with 5 fish registered. For the Upriver Lakes there were 5 fish registered at Critter's and 2 fish at Indian Point. The largest fish registered on Lake Winnebago today was 93.1 pounds, 70.8 inches and registered at Wendt's by Lucas Muche (pictured right). The largest fish from the Upriver Lakes was 53.3 pounds, 61.0 inches and registered at Critter's by Alice Suttner.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
La Crosse's Monsoor eyes second FLW Tour stop
LEESBURG, Fla. - La Crosse's Tom Monsoor hopes the Florida sun smiles on him for the next few days. Monsoor, in his 17th year on the FLW Tour, had a horrendous start to the season one month ago, finishin 148th in the tour opener in Texas. This week's four-day event begins Thursday and Monsoor is crossing his fingers he will still be around on Saturday, or better yet, Sunday. Only the top 30 from the 150-angler professional field advance to Saturday's semifinals with the top 10 qualifying for Sunday's final. Monsoor has been scouting and pre-fishing the Harris Chain, a collection of lakes in central Florida that includes Lake Harris, Lake Apopka, Lake Griffin, Lake Eustis, Lake Dora, Lake Carlton, Horseshoe Lake, Little Lake Harris, Lake Denham and Lake Beauclair. In all, the pros have the run of 10 lakes, plus the myriad residential canals, rivers and backwaters that spread out off them. However, Monsoor said Lake Harris, Lake Griffin, Lake Eustis and Lake Dora have been sprayed to get rid of weeds for easier recreational boating. The other lakes require extra travel time, eliminating valuable fishing time. "They totally sprayed Lake Harris. They got it good," he said, from his hotel room late Wednesday morning. "Any hydrilla and coon-tail left are now along the shores, but none are out in the middle of the lake. "Everybody was going down the banks on Griffin and Harris for practice," Monsoor said. "Nobody's finding any weeds out farther." Monsoor said he fished anywhere from 10 feet deep to the shoreline with chatterbaits, swim jigs and plastic worms during practice. Tuesday morning, the final practice day, he caught a 6-pound largemouth right away, but didn't have another bite for four hours. He also found one deep spot where bass were in a feeding frenzy on spawning shad. There were two or three other boats in the same general area. Due to temperatures in the 70s and 80's, Monsoor said Florida bass are in all three phases - pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. Because of mild weather and good water conditions, he believes it will take at least 30 pounds to make the cut after the first two days. Although Monsoor is nearing the $1 million mark in career earnings, he also realizes he must have a big year to reach it. He has won $931,527 in his first 16 years, an average of just over $58,000 a year.Monsoor competed in the 2018 FLW Tour event on the Harris Chain and finished in 155th place.
2020 Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season enters week 2
The second weekend of the 2020 Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season has now concluded. The 41 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago on Sunday was the second highest daily harvest for the season, besting Saturday's total by one fish. The DNR registration station at Jim and Linda’s paced the way again with 17 fish registered followed by Wendt’s with 7 fish and Stockbridge Harbor and Quinney each with 5 fish. There were 25 fish harvested from the Upriver Lakes on Sunday with 13 fish registered at Indian Point and 12 at Critter’s. The largest fish registered on the system on Sunday was 98.4 pounds, 70.2 inches and registered at Payne’s Point by Hunter Seelow. Zach Southard had the largest fish on the Upriver Lakes with his 87.1-pound, 67.5-inch lake sturgeon at Critter’s. We will be closing several of our registration stations during the upcoming week due to the anticipated drop in harvest. Our registration stations at Waverly Beach, Quinney, Jerry’s Bar and Boom Bay will all be closed for the remainder of the season. Successful spearers on Lake Winnebago can register their fish at Stockbridge Harbor, Jim and Linda’s in Pipe, Wendt’s, or Payne’s Point. Successful spearers on the Upriver Lakes can register their fish at either Critter’s or Indian Point. Good luck during the remainder of the season!
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
17 sturgeon harvested on day 11
There were 17 lake sturgeon harvested from the Winnebago System on Monday's 11th day 11 of the 2020 spear fishery with 13 fish coming from Lake Winnebago and 4 from the Upriver Lakes. The first 11 days of the season have included a total harvest of 296 fish from Lake Winnebago and 270 fish from the Upriver Lakes. The largest fish on Monday was the lone adult female that was harvested from the Upriver Lakes. That fish was 105.6 pounds, 69.0 inches and registered at Critter's by Kevin Shady (pictured). The largest fish registered on Lake Winnebago was also 69.0 inches. Mark Livingstone registered his 69-inch sturgeon (91.4 pounds) at Payne's Point. Good luck to all of the spearers who are still on the hunt for a lake sturgeon this season!
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing season reaches halfway point
Saturday marked the halfway point of the 2020 Wisconsin sturgeon spearing season on the Winnebago System. Saturday's harvest of 40 fish from Lake Winnebago brings the season total to 219 sturgeon through the first 8 days. The 38 fish registered from the Upriver Lakes on Saturday bring the season total to 234 for that fishery. The DNR has been confident all season that the Lake Winnebago fishery will go the full 16 days, but is now confident the Upriver Lakes season will go 16 days as well. This will be only the 2nd time the Upriver Lakes fishery went the full 16 days since the limited entry format was implemented in 2007. The registration station at Jim and Linda's (Calumet Harbor) regained the title of busiest registration station on Lake Winnebago as they registered 14 fish on Saturday. Payne's Point was next with 7 fish registered and Wendt's was 3rd with 6 fish. The largest fish of the day was 116.6 pounds, 77.9 inches and registered at Jerry's Bar (Oshkosh) by Brian Koplitz. Brian's fish was one of only two fish registered that was 100 pounds or larger. The largest fish from the Upriver Lakes was 77.7 pounds, 64.7 inches and registered at Critter's by Fuller Braun. It's been a couple of good days for the Meier family. David Meier Jr. registered a 131.4-pound fish at Waverly Beach on Friday. David's dad says his son typically gets his fish first and then he spears one shortly after. Well, Saturday was David Meier Sr.'s day as he and another member of their spearing group, Renee Reszel, registered fish at Waverly Beach. David Meier Sr.'s fish was 38.3 pounds, 56.7 inches and Renee's fish was 105.4 pounds, 73.7 inches. This was Renee's first fish of her career. What a way to break into the club of successful spearers!