Longest fish on record harvested on Day 4 of Spearing Season

LAKE WINNEBAGO - The DNR says there were 42 fish registered at stations around Lake Winnebago bringing the season total to 229 sturgeon.  

Payne’s Point registered the most fish (10) followed by Wendt’s (9), Calumet Harbor (7), Jerry’s (6), Stockbridge (4), Waverly (4), and Quinney (4).  

Four more fish 100 pounds or larger were registered, including Kyle Jenkins 143.7 pound, 84.5” female that was registered at Jerry’s Bar in Oshkosh.  According to DNR officials, Kyle’s fish is not only the largest fish in the harvest on Tuesday, but also is the longest fish on record of being harvested. 

Day four of spearing brings an end to the 2018 season on the Upriver Lakes. According to the Wisconsin DNR, there were 32 fish harvested from the Upriver Lakes on Tuesday, which brings the season total to 297 sturgeon. Officials say this is very similar to last season’s harvest of 295 fish. 

The DNR put together this table comparing the season length and harvest of the 2018 season to other spearing season’s since the lottery fishery was implemented in 2007:
 
Season    Length (days)    License Sales    Applicants    Harvest    Success Rate
2007    6    485    2795    313    64.5%
2008    4    484    3902    300    62.0%
2009    5    490    4031    275    56.1%
2010    6    494    4228    312    63.2%
2011    10    490    4114    335    68.4%
2012    2    498    4597    242    48.6%
2013    4    491    4,893    261    53.2%
2014    3    469    5,863    341    72.7%
2015    5    484    6,466    288    59.5%
2016    7    484    5,981    307    63.4%
2017    16    483    6,148    295    61.1%
2018    4    484    6,633    297    61.4%
Average    6.0    486.3    4970.9    297.2    61.2%
 

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