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Sturgeon spearing day 7: Upriver Lakes season will close on Saturday

Sturgeon Spearing outlook on Lake Winnebago
Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:39:54-05

The Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing season will close on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m., the DNR announced Friday.

The Wisconsin DNR says Friday's Upriver Lakes harvest pushed season totals over the 90% trigger for male lake sturgeon. As a result, the Upriver Lakes season will close Saturday.

Additionally, the DNR reports 108 fish were harvested on the Winnebago System, with 88 speared on Lake Winnebago and 20 speared on the Upriver Lakes.

The Lake Winnebago harvest decreased slightly from Thursday. Of the 88 fish speared on Lake Winnebago on Friday, the DNR says 18 were juvenile females, 37 were adult females, and 33 were males. This brings the season harvest totals for Lake Winnebago to 163 juvenile females, 438 adult females, and 362 males.

"We have officially reached the 50% mark for the system-wide and Lake Winnebago caps for adult females," the DNR said in the daily report. "That said, we do not expect the Lake Winnebago or system-wide caps to be triggered in the coming days."

The Stockbridge Harbor station led the way on Lake Winnebago again today with 24 fish registered.

The Upriver Lakes season totals have increased to 42 juvenile females, 75 adult females, and 230 males. The Boom Bay registration station was the busiest station on the Upriver Lakes today, registering ten fish. The 347 sturgeon harvested so far on the Upriver Lakes has surpassed the 2014 total, which was 341. Additionally, the DNR says it is now the highest Upriver Lakes harvest since the lottery system began in 2007.

Click here for the full day 7 harvest breakdown.