DNR: Lake Winnebago visibility has worsened for sturgeon spearing

LAKE WINNEBAGO, Wis. (WBAY) - Sturgeon spearers looking for the "big one" could have better luck on the upriver lakes this season.

DNR map of visibility under Lake Winnebago and Lake Poygan ice

DNR senior fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs says visibility has worsened on Lake Winnebago over the past month.

He says visibility on Lake Winnebago ranges from 3 to 9 feet, with an average of 6 1/2 feet, which is the worst since 2006.

On Lake Poygan, however, technicians were able to see to the bottom in both locations they checked, as deep as 8 1/2 feet.

Spearers on Lake Winnebago will perhaps find the clearest conditions on the east and north shores, Koenigs said.

The DNR doesn't expect the news to affect the turnout for the start of sturgeon spearing season. "I still anticipate a big showing of spearers taking to the ice over the weekend in search of a sturgeon," Koenigs said.