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Opening day is successful for sturgeon hunters

It was a big opening day for sturgeon hunters.

Oshkosh, Wis.(WFRV)- Opening day of sturgeon spearing season is in the books and according to the Wisconsin DNR, it was a big day for sportsman.

At Waverly Beach in Calumet County, a 134 pound Black Egg Sturgeon was registered. Last year there were no fish on opening day and the season lasted sixteen days. The season is not expected to last that long this year due to the good ice conditions and water clarity.

On Saturday, 878 sturgeon were harvested. That's just over 42% of the Lake Winnebago adult female harvest cap. The DNR says that means the season will continue through Sunday and likely into the early part of next week. As for the up-river lakes, hunters were able to harvest 69% of the adult female harvest cap. The season will end when 26 adult females are harvested.

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