Dick Ristow

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

Mike Wendt is interviewed by Dick Ristow about Wendt's on the Lake, his family history in the Lake Winnebago area, shanties and decoys. He reminisces about being allowed to fish for other species of fish during sturgeon spearing season in the past as well. Mike discusses spearing in Michigan one season.

Dick Ristow Van Dyne, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Shawn Wendt People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Shawn Wendt was born and raised at Wendt’s on the Lake. His grandfather, also a sturgeon spearer, started the restaurant. They also run a shanty rental business that his grandfather started.  Shawn is active in the sturgeon spearing community and has been treasurer of the Southwest Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow for about 13 years. He recounts stories of his first catch at age 15 and a comical story about some shanty renters.

Dick Ristow Van Dyne, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Linda Wendt People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Linda Wendt, the owner of Wendt’s On the Lake, talks about her experiences with sturgeon spearing and the impacts of sturgeon spearing on her business. She tells one of her favorite stories and talks about being awarded Wisconsin’s restaurateur of the year. 

Dick Ristow Van Dyne, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Robert Abraham People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Dick Ristow interviews Robert "Jake" Abraham about his experiences sturgeon spearing. Robert talks about how spearing has changed over the years, including ice saws, transportation, and shanties. He also talks about family traditions and cooking sturgeon.

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

Richard Braasch is interviewed by Dick Ristow about his experiences sturgeon fishing. Richard discusses good years and bad years for spearing, old models for decoys, and the fact that most people used to hand make all of their spearing supplies.

Dick Ristow Oshkosh, 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 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
Jerry Neumueller People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Jerry Neumueller talks about his experiences with sturgeon spearing and shares some of his knowledge about the sport.  He explains how to find a spot, cutting holes, moving shanties, using decoys, and throwing the spear straight.  He also talks about how things have changed over the years.

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

George Schmidt is a woodcarver from Appleton who over the years has carved around 40 sturgeon decoys. In his interview with Dick Ristow, he begins with how he got started carving decoys, and then talks about how the pattern of his decoys evolved. This is followed by a brief explanation of the process and the materials used in making decoys. He continues very briefly with his limited sturgeon spearing experience. George also teaches a few classes a year on carving.

Dick Ristow Appleton, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Art Sonnenberg People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Dick Ristow interviews Art Sonnenberg on experiences as a sturgeon fisher and decoy maker. Born in 1916, Sonnenberg tells of using horse and sleigh for fishing. He tells poaching stories, talks of his involvement with Sturgeon for Tomorrow, and of his craft as a decoy maker.

Dick Ristow Van Dyne, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum
Cynthia Wendt People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

Cynthia Wendt is interviewed by Dick Ristow about her personal involvement in sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. She tells about the challenges and enjoyment of sturgeon spearing, sharing her most memorable experiences. She talks about the people she has come to know through spearing and those that she met during the years that she owned Wendt’s On the Lake.

Dick Ristow Fond du Lac, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum