Re: NANFA-- RE: Roughfish

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 11 Jan 2004 20:07:18 -0600

We have two species of sturgeon. The lake and shovelnose. Lake sturgeon have
an ice spearing season in Lake Winnibago, which is closely regulated, and
shuts down when a quota is met. There is also a tag season in the Wisconsin
River in late spring for Lakes. This season is hook and line and pretty
leniant on what is allowed. The fish must be a certain lenght depending on
the year, Bigger on odd or even, and then a bit shorter on the other year. I
don't remember the lenghts, but think on short years it is still in the 50
inch range. Take is one fish on the tag. The shovelnose is unregulated as
far as I know. They are common in most rivers throughout the state.

I have not gotten to try sturgeon or fishing for them, but here there is a
good spot on the Mississippi near south of La Crosse for shovels.

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