Spearers Prepare for Opening Day - WBAY

Spearers Prepare for Opening Day

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Stockbridge -

Anticipation is building Friday night with the sturgeon spearing opener now just hours away.

The crowd is already showing up giving some businesses a big boost.

On the east side of Lake Winnebago the village of Stockbridge is known as a sturgeon hotspot, and on the eve of the spearing opener it's an exciting night at the Harbor Bar and Grill.

Dave Lesselyoung of Stockbridge is among those who plan to hit the ice on Saturday.

He said, "You know they call this the fish factory out here and there's a good population of sturgeon and walleyes and perch and it's just convenient to have this as close to where we live."

For businesses along the ice it's one of the busiest weekends of winter.

In Menasha Waverly Beach is expecting thousands of people both Saturday and Sunday.

Some travel here from across the state.

"A nephew from Green Bay comes down he fishes. Sometimes it's the only time you see him you know. You don't see him all the time. You get them coming up from Milwaukee you know you get them from all over the place you know. It's an enjoyable time," said Dennis Woelfel of Malone. 

Right now the clarity of the water is exceptional. So some say this could be among the shortest spearing seasons in recent memory.

"I've done it for many years you can never really see very good, but now I actually have a Packers helmet for a decoy and I put it all the way down to the bottom, sixteen feet of water and I can see the G on the side so I'm very pumped about that," said Bill Poppe of Little Chute. 

Officially the spearing season starts at 7AM Saturday which has everyone watching the clock.

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