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A spearer brings in a sturgeon to the sturgeon registration station at Critters Wolf River Sports in Winneconne Saturday morning. / Oshkosh Northwestern Media / Jennifer K. Woldt


The 2013 sturgeon spearing season got off to a quick start for some speakers Saturday morning.

Mark Rochwite, of Campbellsport needed less than three hours Saturday morning to spear his sturgeon.

Rochwite, who has been spearing for eight years, speared a 64-pound sturgeon on Lake Winneconne Saturday morning and brought the fish to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sturgeon registration station at Critters Wolf River Sports in Winneconne shortly before 8:30 a.m.

"At first I was going to let it go and wait for a bigger one," Rochwite said. "But then I thought, oh, it's too big. I can't let it go."

DNR officials have said poor ice conditions and low water clarity could hamper spearers during the season, which is could last the entire 16 days.

As Lisa Levenhagen watched her husband Dan and 7-year-old son Gavin load the all-terrain vehicles at the Black Wolf boat landing Saturday for the trip out to the shanty, she had one hope.

"I've been going three years and I haven't seen one yet," Levenhagen said. "I'd like to see (Dan) get one."

The Northwestern will continue to update this story.

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