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February 21, 2012
Wisconsin Angler Spears Massive 175-Pound Sturgeon - 1
by Todd Kuhn
Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin is a popular sturgeon spearing destination, with the first sturgeon spearing season officially opened in 1903.
This year, Oshkosh resident, and sturgeon fishermen extraordinaire Mikey Galligan, etched his name in the sturgeon history books after he speared a whopping 175.3-pound female that measured 78.5-inches from tip to tale. The giant sturgeon was the sixth largest taken on Lake Winnebago since 1932 when records were first kept (sturgeon steaks anyone?).
Typically, some 12,000 sturgeon spearing licenses are bought by residents eager to get a chance to tag one of these prehistoric monsters.
On opening day, literally thousands of ice shanties dot the lake. In 2010, an official count of shanties found 4,321. For the sturgeon “fishermen” (called fishermen even though they fish with a sharp spear), success ratios are very low, hovering typically around 10-percent on Lake Winnebago.