Wisconsin Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Application

Remember to apply for an Upriver Lakes license by Aug. 1 for a chance to be one of 500 license holders selected to spear a sturgeon from Lakes Poygan, Winneconne or Butte des Morts, and experience the Wisconsin tradition of harvesting a lake sturgeon from the Upriver Lakes during the 2022 sturgeon spearing season.

The sturgeon spearing tradition on Lake Winnebago, Lake Poygan, Lake Winneconne and Lake Butte des Morts will continue on Feb. 12, 2022 and run for a maximum of 16 days or until any of the predetermined harvest caps are reached.

How License Holders Are Selected

Due to a higher success rate on the Upriver Lakes, licenses for the Upriver Lakes are limited to 500 each season and issued through a preference point system. Those who wish to obtain a license must apply by the deadline. Applicants will either successfully receive a 2022 Upriver Lakes spearing license or a preference point that can be retained into future years. Licenses are given to those with the most preference points until all have been given out. Applicants can also purchase a preference point if they wish to simply get a preference point and not be considered for a license for the 2022 season.

For Lake Winnebago Licenses

An unlimited number of licenses are available for the Lake Winnebago spear fishery and can be purchased until Oct. 31, 2021. Applicants authorized for an Upriver Lakes license cannot purchase a license for Lake Winnebago.