OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The sturgeon spearing season will soon end, with low harvest numbers expected.
The state Department of Natural Resources reports spearers harvested 22 fish Saturday. That makes the season total 306 fish on Lake Winnebago and 548 for the entire Lake Winnebago System. The 16-day season ends at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
That compares to more than 1,400 fish in total last year.
The DNR attributed this year's numbers to marginal water clarity, marginal ice, poor travel conditions on the lake, and a poor shad hatch that likely kept sturgeon on the deep worm beds.
The biggest harvest since 1941 was in 1995 when spearers got nearly 3,200 fish on Lake Winnebago. That's before the 1999 harvest cap. The worst was in 1969 and 1973 with eight sturgeon registered each year.