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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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Fish dying in Winnebago County's Lake Summerset and other Illinois lakes
Dead fish are turning up everyday one Winnebago County lake. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says carp are dying in Lake Summerset by the thousands. They say people do need to be careful, not just in the lakes, but also with their boats.

ADVOCAP Senior Friends Program looking for volunteers
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Robert has a passion for fishing but no longer goes because he cannot drive. As people age, their ... ADVOCAP is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization serving Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Winnebago counties. For more information about ...

Fishermen rescue deer on Lake Winnebago
TOWN OF HARRISON - A video showing two men rescuing a deer on Lake Winnebago is making the rounds on the Internet. The men told FOX 11 the young doe was struggling in 16 feet of water. Now thousands of people have seen the video, thanks to a ...

Appleton Post Crescent

DNR Outdoor Report: Increased campground use, rec boating activity
Appleton Post Crescent
Fishing activity has been slow on Lake Winnebago, with temperatures ranging between 75-77 degrees, but a few anglers were catching low numbers of perch some small walleyes. Action on the Mississippi River has also been slow, with some success ...

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Engberg: Lake Winnebago is the pinnacle of walleye fishing
Appleton Post Crescent
If you have not fished Lake Winnebago, than you are missing out on one of Wisconsin's premier walleye waters which seems to be getting better and better every year. Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in the state of Wisconsin encompassing 137 ...

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Fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting and camping are just a few of the choices, keeping even the most outdoorsman content on 1,101 acres. Located 5 miles northeast of Chester in Randolph County, it lies in the rolling hill country of southern ...

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