24 sturgeon harvested Wednesday on Lake Winnebago; 11 days to go
Numerous activities on shore kept people busy during Sturgeon Spectacular while thousands were out on the ice trying to spear a sturgeon fish. Doug Raflik/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
The season total for sturgeon harvested this season on Lake Winnebago reached 253 Wednesday.
There were 24 sturgeon harvested there Wednesday.
The sturgeon spearing season ended on the upriver lakes Tuesday after the 11th adult female was registered there, putting the season total at 297.
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The largest fish on Wednesday was 92.5 pounds and 67.2 inches and was registered at Calumet Harbor by Joseph Brenner.
The season is slated to continue for 11 more days.
Also, it appears that while the longest fish in the Department of Natural Resources' data set back to the early 1970s was harvested on Tuesday, a longer fish had actually been harvested in 1957, Ryan Koenigs, senior fisheries biologist and Winnebago system sturgeon biologist at the DNR, said in a statement.
Tuesday's fish, harvested by Kyle Jenkins, was 143.7 pounds and 84.5 inches while the one caught in 1957 was 85 inches and 168 pounds.
"Regardless of the length of fish harvested during past seasons, fish records are based off weight not length," he wrote. "The current state record lake sturgeon harvested via spear was 212.2 pounds (84.2”) and taken during the 2010 spearing season. Many of the top 11 heaviest fish on record were taken during the 2010-2013 seasons. ... Although we have not had a 170-plus pound fish registered in the past five years, we have had a number of fish harvested that were certainly long enough to be on this list had they been in better condition (plumpness). Kyle’s fish would certainly highlight that bunch."