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A total of 10 fish were registered Tuesday during the sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago, compared with just one that was speared on Monday.

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The total included seven adult females, two males and one juvenile female.
The largest fish was 110.4 pounds and 74.1 inches. It was registered in Oshkosh by Frank Ziegrich II of Omro. It was one of three fish exceeding 100 pounds registered Tuesday.

The season total now stands at 1,332 sturgeon for the Lake Winnebago System, which includes Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes of Butte des Morts, Poygan and Winneconne. Of the total, 989 fish have been speared on Lake Winnebago, where the 16-day season concludes on Sunday.

The season is closed on the upriver lakes.

"Spearer numbers increased slightly today, but fish movement (especially big fish movement) appears to have significantly increased following the large storm that blew through over the last couple of days," state Department of Natural Resources sturgeon expert Ron Bruch said Tuesday.

"A number of spearers have indicated they will be gearing up for one last shot at the season later this week," he said.

Bruch said anyone going out on Lake Winnebago should make sure they know the ice conditions in the area where they will be traveling.

The new snow on the ice has covered up bad ice areas and thin spots brought on by the warm weather last week, and old sturgeon holes, he said.

"Spearers currently going out on the ice are blazing new trails to ensure they have a safe travel path and many have switched their transportation mode to four-wheelers or snowmobiles," Bruch said. "Be careful."

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