Its opening day for sturgeon spear fishing, and Doug Parman says it's better than Christmas morning, "the DNR says they know of fish that are in the system that are up to 240 pounds, measured out at 84 inches."
Sturgeon are very inquisitive fish, we have a decoy dangling and hope that a fish comes to check it out. Parman says it's not the most exciting sport. "Its very boring. Its starring down the hole and waiting, for a fish to go through. I've been doing this for 20 years now and I've gotten 5 fish."
After my eye's felt like they were about to start bleeding, and my neck was stiff from starring down, I decided to head to the registration station. 17 year old Nichalous Olerich brought his first sturgeon, and shared what went through head when he saw the dark cloud creep into his hole. "I didn't really think, my blood just started pumping. Just excited to get my first one and beat my dad for his one last year. Dad only haD a little 65 pounder last year and I beat him by at least 35 pounds."
Once the cut-off hit at 12:30, Parman left his ice shack empty handed. He blamed it on the bad visibility. "Cloudy water, didn't get to see a lot. Just a normal day on the lake, but we'll be out again giving it another whirl tomorrow."
Hoping tomorrow will bring better luck, and dinner on the table.
"you have to get out here, you can't get them sitting at home. Kinda like deer hunting, you have to be in the woods to get one."
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