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Lake Winnebago

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      Lake Winnebago is a 137,700-acre (55,700 ha) freshwater lake in eastern Wisconsin. Lake Winnebago is about 30 by 10 miles (48 by 16 km), with 88 miles (142 km) of shoreline, an average depth of 15.5 feet (4.7 m) and a maximum depth of 21 feet (6.4 m). The lake has many shallow reefs along the west shore, and a drop-off type shoreline on the east. There are also several islands along the west shore. Lake Winnebago has two primary tributaries, the Wolf River and the Fox River. It is drained by the Fox River which flows north towards Green Bay and serves as part of the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway. Lake Winnebago is part of a larger system of lakes in Wisconsin known as the Winnebago Pool.


    Lake Winnebago is one of the more heavily fished lakes in the state. Many fishermen consider it one of the nation's top walleye fisheries. Other species present include bluegill, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, perch, burbot, white bass, freshwater drum, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and smallmouth bass.

Ice fishing is popular on Lake Winnebago. It is not uncommon for 10,000 cars to park on Lake Winnebago during the ice fishing season. Expansion cracks on the ice are bridged, and many cities along the east and west shores plow roads on the icy surface. Sauger and walleye predominate, with rare perch and white bass catches.

The spearfishing season for lake sturgeon is in February. The first year of regulated sturgeon spearing was 1903. All sturgeon spearing was banned from 1915 to 1931. The lake had the largest population of sturgeon in the United States in 2003. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulates the number of fish taken each year.

Early spring is dominated by walleye and sauger fishing. Sauger, also known as sand pike, bite the best in cooler water. June fishing is the peak time for white bass, and July for perch. Fishing declines in fall.

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Fishing club removes Lake Winnebago ice bridges
OSHKOSH – It's another sign of the transition between seasons as ice bridges are off Lake Winnebago. This week's warmer temperatures have caused a lot of the ice on the lake to get thinner. Members of the Otter Street Fishing Club removed all four of ...
Winnebago ice bridges removed ahead of more warm tempsThe Oshkosh Northwestern

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Battle on Bago brings thousands to Lake Winnebago
Crews on Lake Winnebago are getting ready for about 12,000 people to compete in the eight annual “Battle on Bago” ice fishing tournament in just two days. “February is very busy for us,” says Don Herman of the Otter Street Fishing Club in Oshkosh.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Will sturgeon ever come back to Lake Erie?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the lead with help from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Toledo Zoo and nonprofit conservation organization Lake Erie Waterkeeper. In 2014, the Fish and Boat Commission assisted by attempting to ...

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New York Times

Sturgeon and the Spear
New York Times
In the first four days of the 2015 Winnebago lake system spearing season in Wisconsin, his friends and family caught and registered three. Then it was his turn. He spotted the giant fish through the hole in the ice and grabbed his five-prong spear.

Patrick Durkin: Sturgeon lean, but DNR official says population healthy
And when it comes to weights, perhaps no fish population has its length/weight data and dietary habits as carefully documented as the lake sturgeon of the Lake Winnebago system. This massive waterway includes Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest inland lake; ...

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Fond du Lac Reporter

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Fond du Lac Reporter
Brothertown Bingo — 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, first and third Saturdays, at Brothertown Community Center, 311 Winnebago St. Catholic War Veterans and Auxiliary Bingo — 6:45 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Brothertown Community Center. Things to do. Ethics and ...

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