Sturgeon spearing season under way
Sturgeon are one of the worlds oldest species. They are often called the 'fossil fish' because they have been around for millions of years. This weekend sees the start of the sturgeon spearing season and thousands of people will drive out on to the ice of Lake Winnebago and its uprivers to cut a hole in the ice and try an spear one of these ancient fish.
The season only lasts till the first of March and will end sooner if a strict quota of juvenile and female breeding fish is caught in order to try and protect the species.
Some feel that the season should be stopped or made even shorter but while it exists people will continue risking a drive on the ice to set up their 'shanty' over an ice hole and wait for the elusive 'fossil fish' - the sturgeon.
Thousands of people are expected out on Lake Winnebago this weekend, for the beginning of the sturgeon spear fishing season.
DNR fisheries supervisor Ron Bruch says conditions are good, although water clarity has suffered recently due to run off from thawing snow and ice. Overall though, he says it should be clearer out on the lake and they're expecting a good season.
Don Herman owns Sunk Towing. He says ice conditions are good on most of the lake, but there are some trouble spots around the shoreline where the ice is thinner.