Sturgeon Angling Opportunities

Lake Sturgeon Hook and Line Angling Opportunities in Wisconsin

Article authored by multitude of WDNR biologists

By: Ryan Koenigs

            Lake sturgeon are the largest and longest lived fish species in the Great Lakes drainage and were historically abundant throughout their native range of the Great Lakes, Mississippi River and Hudson Bay drainages. However, overharvest, migration barriers, pollution, and habitat destruction have resulted in a significant decline in fish populations throughout their range and extirpation of many populations. Wisconsin is right in the heart of the lake sturgeon’s range and remains home to some of the species most successful management programs (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/sturgeon/lakesturgeonidentification.html). In fact, Wisconsin boasts vibrant recreational hook and line fisheries and a spear fishery for lake sturgeon in many locations, while most populations in other states are protected from harvest to aid recovery programs.     Continue Reading

Sturgeon Spearing: Wisconsin’s Hidden Gem

Sturgeon Spearing: Wisconsin’s Hidden Gem

Most Wisconsinites have heard of and know something about sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes.   Whether you have seen it, done it, or read stories about it-there is surely some common knowledge amongst sportsmen of this somewhat mythological season.  However, there are a number of you out there that are, as of yet, unfamiliar with sturgeon spearing, not to mention its draw, uniqueness, and history.   Sturgeon spearing is a great tradition in Wisconsin (and especially in the Lake Winnebago region).   While the sport and season are known entities to most Wisconsinites, the history of it and work that goes on behind the scenes is both impressive and necessary to keep this “jewel of Wisconsin” at the luster it now maintains. Continue Reading

2014 Wisconsin Sturgeon Season a Big Success

2014 Wisconsin Sturgeon Season a Big Success

WI Sturgeon Season

Successful spearers show off their catch and weigh the sturgeon they pulled out of Lake Winnebago

Customers at a table at the Famous, “Wendts on the Lake,” located on Lake Winnebago near Fond du Lac, WI had a front-row seat to see the steady line of cars easing down the boat launch and onto Lake Winnebago.

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