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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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The Oshkosh Northwestern

Lake Winnebago hosts National Walleye Tour
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Andersen was one of 140 pros from around the Midwest and Canada to participate in the two-day, live-release event on Lake Winnebago. ... For pro Dan Stier of Minot, S.D., his team's five fish, coming in at 16.45 pounds, was better than expected. "Our ...


NWT Insider Preview: Lake Winnebago
OSHKOSH, Wis. - After an incredible catch and record-setting participation at the season-opening Cabela's National Walleye Tour event on Lake Erie, the most lucrative tournament trail in walleye fishing heads to Wisconsin May 26-27 with major momentum ...

Waupaca County News

Winnebago, Green Bay among top walleye destinations
Waupaca County News
As far as Keenan is concerned, the state's top to walleye fishing destinations are only a few miles apart: Green Bay and Lake Winnebago. “These two bodies of water are the best to be on by far,” he said. “It should be a great opener. There are lots of ...

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Appleton Post Crescent

Lake flies return to Lake Winnebago
Appleton Post Crescent
They feed the lake's sturgeon and perch and fill the bellies of hungry bats and birds. "They are the main driving force as far as energy dynamics go on the Lake Winnebago system from a fisheries standpoint," Koehnke said. "If we don't have lake flies ...
Lake fly hatch is the buzz around Lake
Lake flies invade Lake WinnebagoWEAU
It's back again this year, the annual swarm of lake flies on Lake
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Appleton Post Crescent

If you're boating, do it right, advocates say
Appleton Post Crescent
"My goal is to have a year where we don't have anybody hurt or killed on that lake, and I'm trying to do that every year," said Bruce Fuhrmann, the Neenah flotilla commander for the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Winnebago. Fuhrmann has been patrolling ...

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Anglers, boaters play key role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
La Crosse Tribune
This year, anglers fishing the lower Fox River and Lake Winnebago system are being asked for special help to guard against further spread of the round goby. Round gobies can survive even in poor quality water, spawn multiple times per season and ...

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