State wants to reel in fish history
Written by Appleton Post-Crescent   
Friday, 10 February 2006 14:15

The state of Wisconsin has a fairly complete record of the rules that have evolved since 1903 to manage the Lake Winnebago sturgeon fisheries.

But the historical records chronicling the user's side of the story are scattered among archived newspaper stories, shoeboxes of old photos in private collections and in the minds of first- through fourth-generation sturgeon spearers and anglers.

The Department of Natural Resources has partnered with four groups on a new effort to gather and preserve that history.

During the next year, the Winnebago Lake Sturgeon History Project staff and volunteers will gather information, photos and other documentation related to the sturgeon and Winnebago as well as the Fox and Wolf rivers. The information eventually will be the basis for a book.

Volunteers will be interviewing spearers Saturday taking part in the opening day of the season.

To submit information, call Lisa Sharkey, fisheries program assistant with the DNR in Oshkosh, at 920-303-5444, or send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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