OSHKOSH - With just two weeks to go before sturgeon spearing season there is still open water on Lake Winnebago.
Much of that is due to last week's strong winds that pushed huge sections of ice to the eastern shore.
"Right here we have 14 inches of ice but over here we only have about three," said Lake Winnebago ice expert Don Herman as he surveys the conditions Friday afternoon.
Herman says this is the first time in nearly 40 years on the lake that he has seen 12 inch think ice get pushed away from shore.
"It moved it 150 feet toward the other side."
Before last weekend Herman says conditions were near perfect.
"There was 10 inches of ice out on most of the lake, everybody was fired up it was going to be a great year."
"Everybody is disappointed. It's a disappointing year."
And not just for fishermen and sturgeon spearers, but for the bars around the lake that rely on their business.
"The ice fishing season in general is a bonus to any business that's along the lake here. Come sturgeon time that is a huge bonus especially given the economy we can all use that shot in the arm each year," said Scott Engel, owner of Jerry's Bar in Oshkosh.
The chances of conditions improving anytime soon aren't very good as the forecast shows warmer weather and even the possibility of rain for next week.
The Otter Street Fishing Club's ice bridges sit just onshore. But Herman says they likely won't be out in time for sturgeon spearing, which starts on February 9th. The bridges may not be out at all for the second year in a row.
"We get a week of cold weather and it gets down below zero, this will have maybe eight or nine inches of ice on it and at least people will be able to go out with four wheelers on it."
But what will actually happen between now and when the spearing season starts is anyone's guess.
The sturgeon spearing season can run from one to 16 days depending on when harvest caps are reached.
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