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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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Coast Guard enforcement effort irks some Lake Winnebago boaters, businesses
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Since Memorial Day, Coast Guard crews have performed 200 boardings on Lake Winnebago and nearly 4,900 on Lake Michigan. A boarding is a safety inspection that ensures compliance with required federal boating safety equipment. Crew members check ...
Coast Guard patrols generate complaintsFond du Lac Reporter

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Fishing tournament trail for August 26
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Buddy bass tournament Wednesday evening at Lake Jacomo. 1. Dave Wagner, Blue Springs, and Kerry Moore, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, 11.60 pounds, $305.2. Tom Yankee and George Fischer, Independence, 4 bass, 10.85 pounds, ...

Fairmont Sentinel

Rex Larson
Fairmont Sentinel
Rex also followed the highway, first ferrying motor homes for Winnebago and then trucking for SMX. The down-to-earth lifestyle, however, wasn't quite enough for Rex; ... With them he took fishing trips to Canada, road trips to New Mexico, Arizona, and ...

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Hunting season nears, but anglers still active
Lake Winnebago is the most profound example of the predator/prey relationship's impact on sport fishing. When prey species representation is low on Winnebago, the fishing is great. When there is abundant bait in the water, fishing tends to be tough ...

Moose Fest to take place at Riverside Park
Appleton Post Crescent
It features a carnival, food and retail vendors, professional fishermen providing free, one- hour fishing trips for children on Lake Winnebago and free fishing seminars. In additioin, signed jerseys from professional fishermen like Tommy Skarlis and ...

Lakeside Park committee elects chair, takes bus tour of park
Fond du Lac Reporter
There were inquiries about a great deal of topics, including the boat houses and slips, lighthouse, park shelters, the number of weddings at the park and fishing locations. Someone asked how Oven Island got its name and another member asked whether the ...

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