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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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5 fishermen rescued from Lake Winnebago ice
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PIPE – Officials say crews rescued five people who were stranded on Lake Winnebago late Sunday morning. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office says two adults and three minors were stuck on the ice when a crack on the east shore of the lake grew too ...
Sheriff's Office warns ice 'unstable and dangerous'Fond du Lac Reporter
Crews rescue 5 fishermen stranded on Lake Winnebago after crack develops in ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fishermen rescued on Lake Winnebago iceWSAU
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Fishermen Rescued from Lake Winnebago
WBAY
Five people were rescued from Lake Winnebago after becoming trapped on the ice Sunday morning. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office received a called at 11:30 a.m. Authorities say the ice fisherman became stranded after a 50-yard crack formed near ...


3: Manure spills into creek leading to Lake Winnebago
WBAY
The DNR is investigating a large manure spill at Lake Breeze Dairy in Fond du Lac County's Town of Calumet. An estimated 50,000 gallons of manure seeped into nearby Pipe Creek, causing what the DNR says is a “severe” fish kill in the stream. From Pipe ...

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fish virus detected in coho salmon
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It was first found in Wisconsin in 2007 in Lake Michigan, Green Bay and Lake Winnebago. Two years later, it was detected in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior. The virus causes bleeding and weakening of blood vessels and can lead to death in fish.

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Wis. DNR Outdoor Report: Some Snow
WDIO-TV
Portions of northern Wisconsin received an additional 2 to 3 inches of snow in the last week but most of the rest of the state has seen diminishing snow levels. Snow depths now range from 3 to 4 inches in central Wisconsin to 10 to 12 inches in north ...

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Reno Gazette Journal

Fishing Pyramid Lake: Cold. Windy. Rainy. And fun.
Reno Gazette Journal
He also talked about his home on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin where he still takes solo trips onto the water in a small boat. Although he likes to gamble, Dominick said his real love is still fishing. "When you are playing video poker you know you are ...

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