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2018 sturgeon spearing season opening day numbers

Benjamin Berger speared a 155.6 pound, 75.6 inch sturgeon on opening day. (Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR)

(WLUK) -- The numbers are in for the first day of the 2018 sturgeon spearing season.

On Lake Winnebago, 83 fish were harvested on the first day. That's down from last year when the first day haul was 198.

"The surprise for the Lake Winnebago fishery is where the fish were harvested from. Given the lack of gizzard shad this season and the dirtier water on the south end, we were anticipating some of the northern stations being busier than southern stations. The opposite was observed today as Wendt’s paced the way (27 fish) followed by Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh (16 fish) and Calumet Harbor in Pipe (15 fish)," said Ryan Koenigs, DNR sturgeon biologist. "There were 7 fish harvested from Lake Winnebago today that were 100 pounds or larger with the largest fish being Robert Redman’s 137.5 pound, 74.6” sturgeon that he registered at Wendt’s."

As for the upriver lakes, 136 fish were speared on opening day.

The DNR's expecting the full 16-day season on Lake Winnebago and a shorter season on the Upriver Lakes.

"We should be able to better predict season length on the Upriver Lakes after we see what tomorrow’s harvest brings," Koenigs said.

This year's water clarity had an average visibility of 6 and a half feet.

"For the most part, things went as we would have anticipated with less than ideal water clarity conditions," Koenigs said.

The DNR says the biggest fish of the day was registered by Benjamin Berger at Critter’s. The fish weighed 155.6 pounds and measured 75.6 inches.

The DNR goes on to say, Berger's fish is the heaviest fish harvested from the Winnebago system since the 2014 spearing season.

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