The 2013 spearing seasons on the Lake Winnebago System are destined for the recordbooks: 12- and 13-year-olds can now join their families in the spearing season under a new law aimed to bring more people into the fold.

And, population surveys suggest some lucky spearer just might break the reigning state record, a 212-pound fish speared in 2010, or cart home a trophy fish, regarded as one over 100 pounds. DNR crews captured a 240-pound, 87.5 inch adult female lake sturgeon in spawning surveys below the Shawano Dam in April 2012. As always, however, ice conditions and water clarity are key factors determining if the record falls.

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