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Celebrating Sturgeon Spearing Season


Sturgeon spearers move their ice shanties in preparation for sturgeon spearing season (photo courtesy of Jerry Lopas)

Join the authors of People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish as they celebrate opening day of the 2010 sturgeon spearing season for Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago system on Saturday, February 13. Authors Ron Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline and Fred Binkowski will sign copies of their new book on Wisconsin's sturgeon spearing tradition at Wendt's on the Lake in Van Dyne, Wisconsin.

Book Traces a Century of Dedicated Fishery Management

People of the Sturgeon tells the story of a century's worth of dedicated work and careful management that has made Lake Winnebago's lake sturgeon population, which once teetered on the edge of extinction, the world's largest and healthiest. Weaving together many local stories and examining the sturgeon's profound cultural impact, the authors reveal how a diverse group of people are now joined together as "people of the sturgeon."

Stop by Wendt's to meet the authors, have your copy of People of the Sturgeon signed, watch the big fish come in, and share your sturgeon memories!

If You Go

Wendt's on the Lake, owned by a family profiled in the book, is a popular restaurant and sturgeon registration station. It is located at N9699 Lakeshore Drive in Van Dyne, between Fond du Lac and Oshkosh. The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13. And, for you active spearers, visit the Department of Natural Resources' 2010 Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing Season information page.

:: Posted February 11, 2010

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