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  • 2/13/2013 4:05:00 PM
    The 4th day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season on the Winnebago System is in the books with a total harvest today of 7 sturgeon on Lake Winnebago and 26 fish from the Upriver Lakes.  The North shore of Lake Winnebago continues to be quiet with no fish registered today at our Waverly Beach and Stockbridge Harbor locations.  I was at Quin...
  • 2/11/2013 4:15:00 PM
    The rain over the last 24-30 hours made for wetter conditions throughout Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, but spearers were still able to get out in search of the elusive, prehistoric sturgeon.  Spearers harvested 21 fish from the Upriver Lakes and 9 fish from Lake Winnebago today, with the biggest fish (67.1”, 92.2 pounds) being ta...
  • 2/11/2013 2:35:00 PM
    This was the condition of the ice on Winnebago as of Feb. 4, the Monday before opening of spearing.  Note the open water along the west side.  This is a result of the winds moving the ice in January.
  • 2/11/2013 2:15:00 PM
    Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Report - Sunday February 10, 2013 The 2nd day of the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery was much like opening day, successful harvest on the Upriver Lakes and below average harvest on Lake Winnebago.  There were 74 sturgeon harvested from the Upriver Lakes and 21 sturgeon harvested from Lake Winnebago today (attached docu...
  • 2/11/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Opening day a family fest of friendship - with big catches! The only thing more powerful than the 179-pound, 80-inch sturgeon wrestled out of Lake Winnebago by Sherwood’s Pete Vanderwielen on opening day of the 2013 Sturgeon Spearing Season was the undeniable bond among the families and their friends who filled the thousands of heated ice sh...
  • 2/11/2013 1:00:00 PM
    Sturgeon spearing traditions were renewed over the last few days, as the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System got underway.  Opening day was one of mixed results, and for the most part went as predicted.  Due to less than ideal ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and poor water clarity, the total harvest from Lake Winnebago wa...
  • 2/11/2013 12:50:00 PM
    Photos by Diane Schauer “Ice shove on Winnebago the night of Jan. 19th.  The 50+ mile an hour winds blew the ice from the west to the east shores of Lake Winnebago, creating 50-100 yards of open water along the west shore off Oshkosh.  Until then, it looked like a good year for ice for sturgeon spearing.  This on...
  • 2/11/2013 12:40:00 PM
    The day spearers have been waiting for is finally here! Whether you’re out on the ice or at home, experience the excitement of opening day of the 2013 lake sturgeon season via today’s Sturgeon Week feature, How old is my sturgeon? Follow DNR’s Twitter links to photos and a warden ride along on Lake Winnebago and learn how biologis...
  • 2/11/2013 11:55:00 AM
    By John Luthens We walked from the boat landing on Black Wolf Point and into a thick fog that rolled across the Lake Winnebago ice.  Trucks swung around through the shoreline snow and passed as we pulled our sleds.  Lights sprung from lighted shack doorways across the darkened ice and flags were raised from shanty rooftops. Across the pl...
  • 2/11/2013 10:05:00 AM
    February 7, 2013 By: Bureau of Law Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions - February 8, 2013 Welcome to another special edition of a popular Warden Wire feature -- the Frequently Asked Questions. You may recall the several installments of FAQs - the Special Edition during the recent gun-deer season. Warden Wire again is publishing this special e...
  • 2/7/2013 5:10:00 PM
    Today, as thousands of years ago, winter spearing of lake sturgeon is as much about family and friends getting together to renew their traditions and pass them on to the next generation as it is about big fish. See and hear some of the stories in Sturgeon Week Day 5, Sturgeon Culture.
  • 2/7/2013 4:40:00 PM
    By Professional Guide Dennis Walker BIG GREEN LAKE UPDATE; The Big snow storm has come and is now gone. We got 8 to 10 inches of snow on top of 5 to 6 inches of ice. It was all wet enough to soak up most of the snow. So now with the real cold weather we are now having everything is freezing up. We now have very good ice conditions. This weekend wi...
  • 2/7/2013 10:05:00 AM
    By Wayne Morgenthaler Fishing was good again on the backwaters but you’re still looking for more fish very late in the day.  The best bite is still the last hour before darkness.  The snow on top has not changed the pattern when the fish are hungry.  Sunfish have been around 6 to 8 inches and the crappies around 10 inches. Th...
  • 2/6/2013 12:40:00 PM
    See why some spearers say that their favorite part of the season occurs before opening day and get a report on conditions and some safety reminders in today’s Sturgeon Week Feature, Ice Conditions and Cutting In.
  • 2/6/2013 12:25:00 PM
    With plenty of ice on our local waters many anglers are getting out and searching out new territory as the season progresses. The walleye bite has been good especially after dark. We are seeing our best action on golden shiners run about a foot off the bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water. Northern pike have been really active this winter and this past...
  • 2/6/2013 11:55:00 AM
    February 5, 2013 By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement Warden: Tips from public important, can stay anonymous The Trempealeau County over-bagger took to the water early and alone. Shielded by silence, the man caught blue gills day-after-day from Pool 4 of the Mississippi River near Alma. After careful preparation, the filets were placed ...
  • 2/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
    Only 4 more days until the start of the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery, and trust me when I say that it will be here before you know it.  Our staff was out yesterday checking water clarity at a few locations along the East Shore of Lake Winnebago, and overall clarity is down from what we had experienced over the last few years.  We decided t...
  • 2/5/2013 4:20:00 PM
    MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2013 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website. On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, on...
  • 2/5/2013 4:10:00 PM
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- People preparing for the opening of the 2013 sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system are being cautioned that ice conditions are highly variable, ranging from more than a foot of ice down to open water still remaining in some areas. “Ice conditions are variable, not only among the upriver lakes but on Lake Winn...
  • 2/5/2013 2:20:00 PM
    These reports are so much easier to write when fishing is good!  Real cold and high pressure kept the bite down again.  Anglers experience much of the same as they did the week before – fish very negative and not in the mood to bite.  We had been spoiled with all of the thin ice and good fishing.  Actually this isn’t...
  • 2/5/2013 2:10:00 PM
    The Sno-gypsies snowmobile club held their annual fisheree this past Saturday on Butternut Lake. Cold air temperatures and a high pressure system greeted anglers fishing the early morning hours. The temperatures warmed throughout the day but the fishing success didn't. I talked with anglers, many who brought their families out for a day on the ice...
  • 2/5/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Lake sturgeon have been around for 150 million years and survived whatever killed the dinosaurs. Learn some of their secrets to a long life and how Wisconsin is protecting and restoring their populations in today’s Sturgeon Week feature, All About Sturgeon.
  • 2/5/2013 1:35:00 PM
    Want to know how many 12- and 13-year-olds bought spearing licenses under a new law and will join their families on the ice this year? Or see what our new sturgeon biologist says about the number of really big sturgeon in the Winnebago System? View Spearing Season Prospects.
  • 2/5/2013 10:05:00 AM
    By John Luthens February mornings in Wisconsin are dawning earlier.  The glow in the eastern sky is getting steadily stronger as the sun shifts from its winter hibernation.  And the groundhogs come out of their holes on the second day of the month to take a chance on the weather, possibly to welcome an early spring- or possibly to go bac...
  • 2/4/2013 4:15:00 PM
    The panfish were a little harder to get to bite the last few but they still can be caught. Gills have moved off the cribs and we are getting them on the mud bottom areas of the lake in 18 to 25 feet of water. The Crappie are in the same areas, I have been using spikes or waxies on small heavy jigs for the Gills and Ratsos for the Crappie. Walleye ...