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Documentary about Wisconsin sturgeon spearing premiers Thursday


FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A documentary about the challenge of spearing for Wisconsin sturgeon will make its premiere on Thursday in Fond du Lac.

Five-time Emmy award winning director Steve Boettcher of Appleton made the film "The Frozen Chosen."

It's about two families and their long histories in catching the elusive sturgeon. Sometimes, anglers will spend years going after the massive ancient fish -- which can grow to hundreds of pounds.

The Schumacher family of Fond du Lac and the Muche family of Stockbridge are profiled in the documentary -- along with state DNR's attempts to protect the sturgeon population.

The film's premiere comes two days before the annual spearing begins on Lake Winnebago and its lakes upriver.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)