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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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Appleton Post Crescent

Jim Willes: Fishing the Lower Wolf River
Appleton Post Crescent
When I think of some of the best fishing spots in the state of Wisconsin, there are a few places that come to mind right away. Lake Michigan, Lake Winnebago, and of course, the Wolf River. The Wolf River is a very valuable fishery. It hosts some of the ...

Fond du Lac Reporter

Softball: Kayla Jacob back on diamond for Spartans
Fond du Lac Reporter
Back on May 4, 2014, Jacob and her brother were enjoying a quiet day of fishing at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. Eventually ... Landing in shallow water along the Lake Winnebago shoreline, Jacob's left knee struck zebra mussels and rocks on the surface.

Mason City Globe Gazette

Owen K. Nelson
Mason City Globe Gazette
Owen enjoyed bird watching, fishing, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Center Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills. Owen is survived by his two sisters, Doris Anderson of Lake Mills and Iris Koons of Swea City; ...

The Sheboygan Press

Crosstrails: Walleye dinner to benefit conservation
The Sheboygan Press
But, we have active fishing taking place for panfish year-round on most lakes and Lake Winnebago has its own set of fishing year-round regulations as does Lake Michigan/Lake Superior and Green Bay. The important thing to remember, everyone needs a ...

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Lake Winnebago ice fishermen urge caution after close call
HOWARD – After a close call on Lake Winnebago, two brothers are urging caution for those looking to venture out onto the ice covered lake. This comes one week after two people died when their vehicle plunged through the ice. And the questions ...

Low Water Impacts Walleyes
DNR fish biologists say this year's peak walleye spawning occurred during the first week of April, and at that time water levels on the Wolf River were very low, meaning popular spawning areas like marshes had no water. They won't know the true impact ...

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