Harvest numbers released on day 2 of sturgeon spearing season


    The largest fish harvested Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 was 148.3 pounds and 77.1 inches. It was registered at Critter’s by Michael Bohow. (Photo courtesy Department of Natural Resources)

    (WLUK) -- The second day of sturgeon spearing is complete.

    On the opening day the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported 4,635 shanties on Lake Winnebago, with the north end being the most popular.

    They also said that water clarity continues to be the biggest predictor of opening day sturgeon harvest on Lake Winnebago.

    The DNR reported that the two-day harvest total from the Upriver Lakes was 182 fish and Lake Winnebago was 153 fish.

    There were 108 fish harvested Sunday with 56 coming from Lake Winnebago and 52 coming from the Upriver Lakes.

    Of the 52 fish harvested from the Upriver Lakes today, 17 were adult females bringing the season total to 55 adult females, 57.9 percent of the cap. At this point, the DNR is predicting the Upriver Lakes season to close later in the week, likely Thursday or Friday.

    The largest fish harvested Sunday was 148.3 pounds and 77.1 inches. The fish was registered at Critters by Michael Bohow.

    The largest fish harvested Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 was 148.3 pounds and 77.1 inches. It was registered at Critter’s by Michael Bohow. (Photo courtesy Department of Natural Resources)

    "I've been spearing on-and-off since I was 8 years old with my father, it's kind-of like a family tradition that gets carried on, and I'm carrying on to my kids," said Kevin Ostorero who speared his first sturgeon on Sunday.

    "It's pretty amazing. It's a lot like shooting a big buck, yeah. That would be about the closest thing I could compare it to. It might be better than that, actually," said Sam Southard who also speared his first sturgeon on Sunday.

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