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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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After Rescue, Some Fishermen Staying off Lake Winnebago
Some of the area fishing clubs have gone out on to Lake Winnebago and are using pine trees to mark where the cracks are out on the lake, but some of the most avid fishermen say they're thinking twice about taking their vehicle out on Lake Winnebago.
Man dies after Jeep plunges through ice on Lake
Man Dies After Vehicle Falls Through Lake Winnebago IceNBC26
40-year-old Sussex man dead, young son hospitalized after Jeep goes through
WISN Milwaukee
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Ice Fishing Delayed After Open Water is Found on Lake Winnebago
OSHKOSH, Wis.- Don Herman with the Otter Street Fishing Club got an aerial view of ice conditions over Lake Winnebago and things are not looking as good as he had hoped. "I'm a little disappointed we have an open hole out in front of Asylum Bay," said ...

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Car Falls Through the Ice on Lake Winnebago
Dangerous ice conditions on Lake Winnebago nearly took a young man's life in Neenah Tuesday evening. His SUV fell through the ice near Fresh Air Park on the northern end of the lake as he was scooping the terrain for a good fishing spot. Officers say ...
Truck Goes Through Lake Winnebago IceWBAY
Truck falls through thin ice on Lake WinnebagoWKOW
Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue discover truck on Lake
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Man Dies, Boy in Critical Condition After Lake Winnebago Ice Rescue
The sheriff's office, Oshkosh police and fire departments, Neenah-Menasha and Winneconne-Poygan first responders all assisted at the rescue scene. Earlier, our crew saw a fishing club load two pick-up trucks with pine trees and head out on the lake to ...


Lake Ice Ready for Ice Fishing and Sturgeon Spearing
And plenty of people are taking advantage of that, driving from Quinney in Calumet County across the lake to Oshkosh in Winnebago County — and vice versa. It's a drive that's made easier with the help of tree lines, put out by the local fishing clubs.
Local fishing clubs encourage ice

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Sturgeon Spearers Monitor Lack of Ice on Lake Winnebago
We were starting to put all of our equipment out, we were able to get rolling,” says Scott Engel from The Otter Street Fishing Club about the ice on Lake Winnebago a year ago. Today no one is out on Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh because of all of the ...
Lake Winnebago will host ice and snow sailing competitionsFond du Lac Reporter

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