Big fish! Age of record-setting Wisconsin sturgeon?

Oshkosh, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin wildlife official says a
record-setting sturgeon speared over the weekend may have been more
than 100 years old.

Ron Bruch, a fisheries supervisor with the Wisconsin DNR says
officials haven’t yet determined the age of the 212-pound fish. But
he says a preliminary look suggests it’s at least a century

According to The Reporter of Fond du Lac, Wis., if that’s true
the female sturgeon would have laid some 11 million eggs in her

The sturgeon was speared last Saturday by Ron Grishaber of
Appleton. It was 84 inches long, or about the height of Milwaukee
Bucks center Andrew Bogut. It was registered at the Harrison
Station, west of the village of Sherwood.

The previous record was a 188-pound, 79.5-inch sturgeon caught
in 2004 by Dave Piechowski of Redgranite. That fish was about five
inches shorter than Grishaber’s.

Dozens of spearers caught fish that weighed at least 100 pounds
since the season opened. A record 34 such fish were registered,
with 31 from Lake Winnebago and the other three on upriver

As of Sunday, Lake Winnebago already was at nearly 40 percent of
its adult female harvest cap. Upriver lakes were at more than 50
percent of their cap.

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