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Only sturgeon speared Wednesday was unusually large

Mayson Muche, left, and his father, Paul, pose with a 102.7-pound, 71.6-inch sturgeon Mayson speared on Lake Winnebago and registered at Asylum Bay in Oshkosh Feb. 22, 2017. (Wisconsin DNR/Muche family photo)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The sturgeon Mayson Muche speared on Lake Winnebago Wednesday was a rarity -- and not just because it was the only one speared all day on the Lake Winnebago system.

DNR sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs says Muche's 102.7-pound, 71.6-inch fish was only the 10th male sturgeon in the history of the spearing season to top 100 pounds.

Muche registered his sturgeon at Asylum Bay in Oshkosh, but Koenigs says it would have been registered at Wendt's on the Lake in Van Dyne had that station been open.

A stretch of unseasonably warm weather has led to poor ice conditions, which chased many spearers off the lakes and closed several registration stations. Wednesday was the second consecutive day only one sturgeon was speared on the Lake Winnebago system.

Sturgeon spearing ends on Sunday.

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