2017 sturgeon spearing season comes to a close

Mason Krueger’s 145.6 pound, 73.2 inch fish was registered at Jerry’s Bar. (Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The 2017 sturgeon spearing season ended Sunday.

As expected, no sturgeon were registered Sunday. That's been a reoccurring theme since Thursday.

In all, 847 sturgeon have been speared this season; 552 were from Lake Winnebago and 295 from the upriver lakes during the entire 16-day season.

"Opening day shanty counts (>5,000 shacks) indicate that many license holders were able to take part in the early part of the season. Thus another season provided opportunities to renew traditions and create memories. Large fish in the harvest. We had 9 fish harvested that were 140 pounds or larger. In comparison there were only 12 fish of this size harvested within the last 4 seasons combined (3 in 2013; 8 in 2014; 0 in 2015; 1 in 2016)," DNR sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs said via email Sunday.

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