OSHKOSH - If you’re planning to go sturgeon spearing this winter, you’ll need to get your license by the end of this month.
The 2014 seasons on Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes of Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan are set to begin on Feb. 8. The seasons last for two weeks or until harvest caps are met. Harvest caps are different for Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes.
There is no limit to the number of licenses sold for Lake Winnebago. Licenses for the upriver lakes, where the success rate is usually greater, are available for purchase through a lottery system.
For the second year, spearers as young as 12 can buy licenses. Adults whose names were drawn in the upriver lakes lottery may also transfer their tags to youngsters.
Anyone who turns 12 between Nov. 1 and the end of the season may still buy a license up until the season ends. Military personnel home on leave may also buy licenses after Oct. 31.
The DNR says the number of trophy-sized fish speared has been increasing steadily over the past decade. An 87.5-inch, 240-pound fish was documented while spawning in spring 2012. It was not speared in the 2013 season.
Licenses are $20 for Wisconsin residents and $65 for non-residents. Licenses are available:
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