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. Already this week, Herman says he's had to pull some vehicles out after breaking through the ice. But once you get out onto the lake, Herman says the ice is in good condition.
The sturgeon spearing season runs for 16 days or until harvest caps are reached. Bruch says the season will end early if 350 juvenile females, 630 adult females, or one thousand male sturgeon are speared.