Sturgeon Spearing Tagging and Registration Requirements 2-7-2018

Hello Sturgeon Spearing Enthusiasts:


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource conservation wardens have received and answered a lot of questions leading up to this year’s spearing season. Wardens wish to remind sturgeon spearers of the following often asked questions about regulations regarding tags and registration.


Spearers are required to be in possession of their paper license/ tags while spearing. Immediately upon harvest, successful spearers must validate their tags by removing the validation stub from their tag by cutting or tearing at the dotted line. The sturgeon carcass tag is only required to be attached to the sturgeon if the successful spearer leaves the sturgeon prior to registration. It is also illegal to possess more than one sturgeon carcass tag or the tag of another while spearing.


In person registration is still required. Successful spearers have until 2:00PM the day of harvest to register their sturgeon. There is no online or call in registration for lake sturgeon. Additional information on regulations and registration station locations can be found at: .


Report DNR Violations: 1-800-TIP-WDNR

General DNR Questions: 1-888-936-7463




Chris Shea

Lake Winnebago Team Warden Supervisor