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Sturgeon Registration Stations

A person who spears a sturgeon must accompany and exhibit the tagged sturgeon at an official sturgeon registration station no later than 1:30 p.m. on the day speared. To avoid the "end of the day" rush please bring your fish in as soon as possible after spearing it. You must be at the registration station and in-line to register your fish by 1:30 p.m.

Lake Winnebago
Waverly Beach Resort - Junction of U.S. Hwys 10 and 14
Behind Harrison Town Hall - Junction of U.S. Hwys 114 and State Park Rd
Harbor Bar - Stockbridge on the lake
Quinney Quencher - Quinney on the lake
DNR Calumet Harbor Station - Pipe on the lake
Wend'ts Bar and Harbor - Hwy 45, 8 miles north of Fond du Lac
Jerry's Tavern - 1210 Ceape St., Oshkosh
Payne's Point Tavern - Cty Trk A, 3 miles south of Neenah

Upriver Lakes
Critters Wolf River Sports - 131 W. Main Street, Winneconne
Indian Point Tavern - Cty Trk H 1/2 m. E of Tustin
Boom Bay Boat Landing - Cty Trk MM on Boom Bay, Lake Poygan

Regulations and information

Please refer to the 2011 Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Regulations and Information [PDF 767KB] for complete regulations.

Total harvest of sturgeon will be limited through pre-set harvest caps. The overall harvest cap has increased slightly with the increase in harvest numbers of adult female sturgeon. Harvest caps for the 2011 Winnebago System spearing season are 395 for juvenile females, 790 for adult females and 1200 for males.
There will be a bag limit of one lake sturgeon per license and a minimum length limit of 36 inches.
Lake Winnebago - February 12, 2011 through February 27, 2011 on Lake Winnebago or until the pre-set harvest cap for Lake Winnebago is reached, OR the pre-set Winnebago System-wide harvest cap is reached, whichever comes first (as per trigger closure rules).
Upriver Lakes - February 12, 2011 through February 27, 2011 on the Upriver Lakes (Lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan) or until the pre-set harvest cap for the Upriver Lakes is reached, OR the pre-set Winnebago System-wide harvest cap is reached, whichever comes first (as per trigger closure rules).

Sturgeon hotline

Listen to an updated recording each day at (920) 303-5444.

More

With only 16 shopping days left until the 2011 opener of Sturgeon Spearing on Saturday, February 12, many of you are likely already starting to get your gear together and thinking about water and ice conditions on the lakes.

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DNR crews went out last week on Lake Winnebago (before the sub-zero temperatures) and found a good 16-20 inches of ice - of course the ice is never completely safe in any year so be sure to know where the cracks and the areas with thin ice due to currents are. They also found an even 12 feet of visibility across Lake Winnebago - it appears we had an algae bloom probably around Christmas which is settling out now and, barring another runoff event or bloom, may continue to settle and improve water clarity over the next 16 days. At this point the limited information we have on the Upriver Lakes is the same for ice, with only fair, but possibly improving, water clarity.

Crews have also been busy getting gear together and registration shacks set. When you bring in your fish this year, the registration process will be the same as it has been for quite a few years now. Get into line at the station before 1:30 p.m. the same day you spear your fish or, better yet, try to get in as soon as you can after you spear your fish to avoid the lines at the end of the spearing day.

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