Sturgeon Spearing Season Wraps Early - WBAY

Sturgeon Spearing Season Wraps Early

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Lake Winnebago -

The 2014 sturgeon spearing season came to an early end Thursday. The Department of Natural Resources says the season harvest on lake Winnebago was 1,513. Ninety-five of them were more than 100 lbs.

On the last day of the 2014 Sturgeon Spearing season, shanties were coming back to shore.

And, some people like Dave Meier of Pine River are thankful they speared a sturgeon before the 1 p.m. deadline.

"I got out there this morning, about 10 after twelve, it come through. Not a big one, but it's the last day, so I did it," Meier said.

Good water clarity stayed consistent since opening day, the DNR says that helped make this year's sturgeon spearing harvest better than it's been in years.

"Probably another 100 fish or so will come in today. We'll be around 1800 fish for the season. It's one of the more successful seasons we've had in the last five years. Definitely, the most successful we've had in the last four," Ryan Koenigs, DNR Winnebago Sturgeon Biologist, said.

The last time the Sturgeon Spearing season hit the harvest caps in less than 16 days was in 2010.

This year, DNR officials say they're rewriting the record books after they registered close to 100, hundred-pound sturgeon.

The most in a single season.

"This year will end up being the year that we've had the most fish in excess of 100 pounds registered," Koenigs said.

It's been a good year for businesses along the lake. Although, some were hoping the season would have lasted a few more days.

The owner of Mikeee's Paynes Point bar and grill in Neenah says this year was especially nice with the big crowds helping business.

"It's always nice to see a 16-day season, but like I said before, from a business standpoint, if you can get to that second weekend, you that's just huge because your business is doubled and tripled every day," Mike Comins, Mikeee's Paynes Point owner.

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