Saturday, February 9, 2013

Opening Day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season is in the Books

Opening Day Video from
Opening Day Sturgeon Totals
Waverly 0
Harrison 0
Stockbridge 7
Quinney 8
Pipe 6
Wendt's 8
Jerry's (Oshkosh) 10
Paynes Point 0
Critters (Winneconne) 75
Indian Point (Poygan) 46
Boom Bay (Poygan) 19
Total 179
Lake Winnebago Total 39
Upriver Lakes Total 140

The numbers never lie, it was another tough start to the Annual Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Season! Despite less than favorable conditions for the opener, 2,724 shanties were counted around Lake Winnebago, meaning 1 in every 70 shanties came out with a Sturgeon!  When comparing these numbers to the Upriver Lakes, there is really no question that is the place to be this year!  Out of a total of 397 Shanties, 140 Sturgeon were registered, meaning 1 in every 3 shanties were successful! 

Water clarity continues to haunt spearers on Lake Winnebago, as the clarity continues to change by the day.  On average, spearers are seeing somewhere between 4-8 feet into the depths.  This kind of clarity is great for the Upper Lakes since spearers there are only spearing in 3-7 feet of water, but on Winnebago this means only seeing 1/3 to 3/4 of the way to the bottom.

Luckily there were not fatalities as a result of the Spearing Season, which was a large concern due to the varying ice conditions around the lake.

The season will likely end on Sunday or Monday for the Upriver Lakes, since 62 Adult Females were speared on opening day, while the trigger to end the season is set at 99.  The season on Lake Winnebago will most likely run the full 16 days, as rain in the forecast will further cloudy the already murky waters!

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