DNR: No more sturgeon likely to be speared this year

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- The sturgeon spearing season is set to go out with a whimper.

Friday was the second day in a row that no fish were speared on the Lake Winnebago system. And DNR sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs says he doesn't expect any more to be speared the rest of the season, which ends on Sunday.

That's because unseasonably warm weather over the past week has wrought havoc on the ice on lakes Winnebago, Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan. Koenigs says the ice has broken up on much of Lake Winnebago, pulling away from the north and east shores. Koenigs also says there are reports that much of the ice is already out on lakes Butte des Morts and Winneconne.

Koenigs shared photos of ice shoves piled up along the shore of Lake Winnebago at Menominee Park in Oshkosh.

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