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Thursday marks sixth day of 2021 sturgeon spearing season

Sturgeon Spearing outlook on Lake Winnebago
Posted at 6:11 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:11:15-05

On Thursday, 115 fish were speared on the Winnebago System, including 101 harvested on Lake Winnebago and 14 harvested on the Upriver Lakes. Thursday marked Day Six of the 2021 sturgeon spearing season.

The Lake Winnebago daily total has slightly increased from day 5, Wisconsin DNR says, and for the second day in a row, Stockbridge Harbor registered the most fish, 24, followed by Grundman Lane with 20. Lake Winnebago season totals have reached 145 juvenile females, 401 adult females, and 329 males.

"Although harvest is likely to pick up, we anticipate that the Lake Winnebago and system-wide sex-specific harvest caps will remain out of reach throughout the weekend," the DNR said in its report.

The Upriver Lakes season will continue through Friday, Feb. 19.

Thursday’s harvest narrowly missed tripping the 90% trigger, the DNR reports. After Thursday, only 14 adult females and 1 male remain on the Upriver Lakes to that trigger. The DNR expects the 90% trigger will likely be hit on Friday.

The DNR says it's possible the 100% closure could be met on Friday, which would close the Upriver Lakes season immediately.

Click here to view the full harvest report for day 6.