With sturgeon spearing is just days away final preparations are taking place both on land and on the ice. Some spearers are so excited for what could be one of the best seasons in a long time that shanties are already lined up close to the shore.
"I moved a shanty out," says Marv Woelfel, "getting ready for Thursday for the big cut."
Woelfel is just one of the many sturgeon spearers gearing up for Saturday.
Says Gary Anholzer, "We're bringing our shacks down today, getting ready for our big sturgeon spearing this weekend."
According to the DNR it could be a big weekend as conditions out on the lake are better than they've been in years.
"These are the best conditions we've had since 2008-2010 season in terms of water clarity and probably the best ice conditions we've had in even longer than that so everything is shaping up for a very successful season, anticipation is in the air," says DNR Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs.
Along with the anticipation comes the preparation. And that's what Ryan Koenigs and his staff are doing today. One by one they're checking each of the eight registration stations around Lake Winnebago and the three on the upper river lakes to make sure they're stocked and ready to go for the sturgeon season.
Koenigs says, "The scales themselves, we'll give to the guys on Friday because we want those to stay warm. But anything that can stay cold and needs to be in the shack we're putting in today, hooking up the electrical and everything else."
Because with conditions as good as they're expected to be, the DNR says these stations will be busy and most likely registering some large fish.
According to Koenigs, "In 2013, 9.5% of the fish harvested from Lake Winnebago were fish over 100 pounds. I don't know if we'll get to that benchmark again, but either way there's going to be a lot of big fish harvested."
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