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Wisconsin sturgeon older than 100

February 15, 2010 at 08:26 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin wildlife official says the record-setting sturgeon speared over the weekend may have been more than 100 years old.

Ron Bruch (BROOK’) is a fisheries supervisor with the state Department of Natural Resources. He says officials haven’t yet determined the age of the 212-pound fish. But he says a preliminary look suggests it’s at least a century old.

According to The Reporter of Fond du Lac, if that’s true the female sturgeon would have laid some 11 million eggs in her lifetime.

The sturgeon was speared Saturday by Ron Grishaber of Appleton. It was 84 inches long, or about the height of Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

The previous record was a 188-pound sturgeon caught six years ago. That fish was about five inches shorter than Grishaber’s.

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100 years old, huh?
Shame.

Native Americans needed to spear these big fish, -modern day “sportsmen” don’t.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/16 at 09:20 PM

Wi. does have a season (2 weeks?) but they also have caps on the numbers of male, female and size limits. If the caps are meet early the season is closed. I have been told that many of the same people who spear take part in a volunteer guarding of the sturgeon spring spawn (I believe on the Wolf river) against poaching. Mn. Mi. Dakotas have Pike ice spearing, which some open water guys grumble about. It’s regulated and a sport to those that do it. Now if you want a hot button issue the Native Americans still spear on ice as well as in the spring during spawn and their targets include walleye and muskie, not to mention netting.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/17 at 09:31 AM

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