Each winter a monstrous beast lures men and women to the ice of Lake Winnebago. It is the only place on the planet where this occurs. The event is Sturgeon Spearing and it takes place every year in early February. While you need a spearing license to hunt sturgeon, it is still a spectacle for onlookers to walk or drive among the 10,000 ice shanties on the lake or come face-to-face with the beast during afternoon weigh ins of the daily catch.
This year, Sturgeon Spearing opens Saturday, Feb. 8, and runs for 16 days or until pre-set harvest caps for Lake Winnebago are reached, whichever comes first. Daily spearing schedules are from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Opening weekend is filled with family activities. The "Sturgeon Stampede Winter Kite Boarding Classic" is an annual festival offering skating, broomball, ice bowling, ice sailing and kite boarding. There's also plenty of food and beverages and a huge bonfire to cozy up to at the end of the day to watch this year's 25th anniversary fireworks. The festival at is located on Lake Winnebago-Fishermans Road landing, which is 1/2 mile off the shore of Lake Winnebago, and six miles north of Highway 23, right off Highway 151.
Lake Winnebago is home to the world's largest population of lake sturgeon and is one of only two places in the United States that allows sturgeon spearing. Find out more about this elusive prehistoric fish and the sport that is so uniquely Wisconsin.