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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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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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Winnebago County District Court
Mason City Globe Gazette
16, 2015, investigation by Lake Mills Police. Gardner also pleaded guilty to ... Cole Alan Richardson, 33, of Blue Earth, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to the crime of fish/hunt, making false claim for a license, non-resident, a simple misdemeanor ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rebounding cormorants highly visible at lakefront
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
That means that some of the cormorants heading to nesting grounds in the Green Bay and Lake Winnebago systems could be shot by federal authorities, their eggs oiled or nests destroyed. In 2003, the Fish and Wildlife Service issued an order that allowed ...

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lenny Russo celebrates Midwest bounty
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
He knows the sturgeon and spearing of Lake Winnebago, rainbow trout from Bullfrog Farm Fish Farm in Menomonie, Wis., lentils from Chieftain Wild Rice Co. in Spooner and Uncle Gilly's maple syrup from Dunn County. This year marks his sixth James Beard ...

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Arkansas Online

Eerie feeling: The songs fish sing
Arkansas Online
On Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, the noise produced by big drum in June resembles “a motorcycle gang racing in the distance,” said one fisheries biologist there. While fishing on the Rio Negro in Brazil a few years ago, I learned that drum aren't the only ...

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Desert Companion's great big road trip in Search of the Soul of Nevada (and clean bathrooms)
This was our first time driving an RV (two-thirds of us, anyway), so the whole steampunk hellhorse rattle-thrumming effect of the RV (flashes of Walter White in his methed-out Winnebago, Clark Griswold in his slapstick errant station wagon) that makes ...

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