- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) - Sturgeon spearers are getting ready for the season to open on frozen Lake Winnebago.

Fishermen and women have been cutting thousands of holes in the ice. After checking clarity conditions for weeks, spearers can now get a look at the visibility below the surface with the holes cut.

After the recent cold spell, many say the ice is now thick enough. Shawn Wendt and his crew cuts holes for spear fishermen around the lake. Wendt tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/241KHYw) the ice is about 15 inches thick is his area about two miles off the Lake Winnebago shoreline.

The forecast calls for bitter cold when the sturgeon season opens Saturday at 7 a.m. The season will run for 16 days, or until the safe harvest limit is reached.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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