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This record 212.2-pound sturgeon was speared by Ron Grishaber of Appleton, Wis., on Feb. 13 from Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh, Wis., on opening day of Wisconsin's 2010 sturgeon spearing season. The previous record was a 188-pound sturgeon caught during the 2004 spearing season. (Photo by Kendal Liebzeit, provided by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Record 212-pound sturgeon speared in Wisconsin believed to be 100 years old

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OSHKOSH, Wis. - A Wisconsin wildlife official says the record-setting sturgeon speared over the weekend may have been more than 100 years old.


Ron Bruch is a fisheries supervisor with the state Department of Natural Resources. He says officials haven't yet determined the age of the 212-pound fish. But he says a preliminary look suggests it's at least a century old.

According to The Reporter of Fond du Lac, if that's true the female sturgeon would have laid some 11 million eggs in her lifetime.

The sturgeon was speared Saturday by Ron Grishaber of Appleton. It was 84 inches long, or about the height of Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

The previous record was a 188-pound sturgeon caught six years ago. That fish was about five inches shorter than Grishaber's.