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Preparing for sturgeon spearing season

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LAKE WINNEBAGO (WKOW) -- A unique Wisconsin winter tradition is coming up: sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago.

And this one is shaping up to be the best in quite awhile.

The cold winter so far has put 18 to 25 inches of ice over lake, ideal, according to Department of Natural Resources wardens.

Plus, water clarity is outstanding: 14 to 15 feet.

Many families have traditions of trying to spear one of the prehistoric fish.

There's a limit on how many fish can be taken, so that could shorten the 16-day season, which begins February 8.

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