February 6, 2020

Media Advisory

Sturgeon Season Media Availability

Fisheries and Law Enforcement Staff to Discuss Upcoming Season

CONTACT: Ryan Koenigs, Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist, 920-303-5450, ryan.koenigs@wisconsin.gov
Chris Shea Law Enforcement Supervisor, 920-479-0846, Christopher.Shea@wisconsin.gov

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist Ryan Koenigs and Law Enforcement Supervisor Chris Shea will be available for media inquiries regarding the 2020 surgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system.

The 2020 spearing season opens on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 23 or until pre-set harvest caps are reached. Koenigs and Shea will provide updates on water clarity, ice conditions, ice safety and other season topics and will take questions from news media.

The Winnebago System is home to one of the world’s largest self-sustaining populations of lake sturgeon, with an estimated 18,500 adult females, 24,000 adult males and a unique spearing season dating back more than 85 years.

Who: Ryan Koenigs, DNR Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist
Chris Shea, DNR Law Enforcement Supervisor

Where: Registration station located at Critter’s sporting goods store,
700 W Main St., Winneconne, WI 54986

When: Noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2019

Media Availability: Speakers listed above will be available for individual interviews.

RSVP: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3143.

DNR Office of Communications

Sarah Hoye
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster, P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
Media Line: 608-267-2773 TDD: 711
Email: DNRPress@Wisconsin.gov
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