Oshkosh Public Museum

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Ben Burg People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Ben Burg, Don Burg, and Bob Wilson are interviewed by Ronald M. Bruch and Kathleen Schmitt Kline about their histories with sturgeon spearing. Don and Ben Burg discuss their family's history of spearing with the Stockbridge Tribe and using decoys created by Native Americans. All three men tell stories of sturgeon spearing in extreme weather conditions.

Ronald M. Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline Unknown University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Bill Goeser People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Bill Goeser is interviewed about his experiences sturgeon spearing over the years. He tells of his family learning to spear, early decoys and coaxer styles, and cooking sturgeon. Interviewer identity unknown.

Unknown Unknown University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Bill McAloon People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Bill McAloon discusses his experiences as a leading member of Sturgeon for Tomorrow and as a sturgeon spearer in an interview conducted by Dick Ristow. He talks about the early days on the Wolf River, helping to train wardens for DNR, illegal fishing practices and negative impact on the lakes, successful decoys, and sharing of fishing tradition with son and grandson.

Dick Ristow Unknown University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Ron Vanderzanden People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Ron Vanderzanden is interviewed by Dick Koerner about increased regulations and fines in modern day spearing, including the half day season, and the impact it has on poaching. Ron also tells tales of his past experiences sturgeon spearing.

Dick Koerner Menasha, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Ann Marie Wendt Ziemer People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Ann Marie Wendt Ziemer talks about her experiences with sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago.  She recalls experiences from her childhood and explains why she wants her children to have similar experiences.  She works at Wendt's on the Lake, and talks about some of the changes that she has seen over the years.  

Dick Ristow Lake Winnebago, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
William Casper People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Paul Muche interviews Bill Casper about his family history with fishing and sturgeon spearing, as well as his starting Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a sturgeon conservation organization.

Paul Muche Fond du Lac, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Ed Gorchals People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Ed Gorchals is interviewed by Dick Koerner about his experiences sturgeon fishing on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. He discusses rule and sport changes, set line and hook and line fishing in the past, and recipes for sturgeon and their caviar.

Dick Koerner Larsen, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Bill McAloon People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Bill McAloon is interviewed on January 30, 2007 by Eugene Herubin about his experiences sturgeon fishing. McAloon primarily fishes on Wolf River, but also on Lake Winnebago. McAloon discussed his experiences as a youth when it was common for people to fish sturgeon out of the river, as well as the shift in legality of these methods as well as local mindset regarding such practices. Tape recording ends abruptly and early in interview.

Eugene Herubin Unknown University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Clement M. Van Gompel People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Clem Van Gompel describes growing up in Lake Winnebago area, working for Kimberly-Clark during World War II, and experiences fishing sturgeon. He made his own decoys with resources from his work. Clem discusses methods of attracting sturgeon and illuminating the lake bottom to see fish better, as well as benefits of Sturgeon for Tomorrow in maintaining sturgeon population and increasing it in other lakes and rivers.

Eugene Herubin Menasha, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Mike Will People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Mike Will was born in 1951 and started sturgeon fishing at the age of 14. He used primarily set lines to catch sturgeon although he has participated in approximately 9 spearing seasons. He enjoys caviar, but does not make it himself. Mike believes that the sturgeon are getting bigger, and he likes the system they have in place now. Most people from his area sell the sturgeon, rather than eat it themselves.

Ronald M. Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline Lake Winnebago, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum