On Day 10 of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season, the DNR says the harvest of only 24 fish on Lake Winnebago was the lowest of the season and may be an indication of the harvest forecast for this week.
Stockbridge Harbor led the way among registration stations, registering 7 fish Monday and increasing their season total to 266, leading all stations. The DNR says the decrease in harvest was likely due to a huge reduction in spearing effort as the season pushes into the final week.
After Monday, season totals on Lake Winnebago have increased to 201 juvenile females, 556 adult females and 469 males. The DNR anticipates the Lake Winnebago spearing season will go the full 16 days, as the number remaining to trip either Lake Winnebago or system-wide triggers sits at 109 juvenile females, 214 adult females and 366 males.
The Lake Winnebago total harvest has increased to 1,226 fish, making the 2021 season the highest harvest on Lake Winnebago since the 2015 season. The 2015 season lasted 10 days with a total Lake Winnebago harvest of 1,870 fish.