- Associated Press - Sunday, February 26, 2017

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - The sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago fizzled out at the end.

The 16-day season ended Sunday on the fourth straight day without the harvest of a single fish on Lake Winnebago or on the upriver lakes of Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan. And in the past week, only 10 sturgeon were registered.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton reports (https://post.cr/2mt4Whq ) that the second half of the season was hampered by a stretch of unseasonably warm weather that caused ice conditions to deteriorate rapidly, so few spearers ventured out.

The season as a whole was fairly successful. Spearers harvested 847 sturgeon this year. That includes 552 from Lake Winnebago and 295 from the upriver lakes. That exceeds the 703 sturgeon taken last year.


Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.com

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