DNR: longer sturgeon was harvested in 1957

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago will continue for another 11 days, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced on Feb. 14.

There were 24 sturgeon harvested Wednesday, bringing the total-to- date to 253.

DNR Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs also provided an update to the story about the longest sturgeon on record. On Tuesday, Koenigs shared details of a record 84.5 inch sturgeon speared by Kyle Jenkins this season.

However, an old newspaper report has revealed a longer sturgeon was harvested in 1957. Bill Mortimer speared an 85 inch sturgeon on Feb. 12, 1957, according to a photo that was published in the "Chilton Times Journal."

"We have fairly reliable harvest records dating back to the early 1970s, but only intermittent records prior to that," Koenigs says.

Jenkins' sturgeon is still the longest in recent years.

The DNR bases its records off weight, not length. The weight record was set in 2010 when a spearer harvested a 212.2 sturgeon.

Koenigs urges anyone who has proof of a record-setting fish to contact the DNR.