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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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Lake flies return to Lake Winnebago
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The fishing is great here too; anglers come from all over to experience what Lake Winnebago has to offer. Boaters aren't used to seeing someone fishing on a SUP so I get a lot of weird looks! The best part about fishing on a SUP here is the ability to ...


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North Iowa to observe Memorial Day
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After his enlistment was up he attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he met his future wife and was married during the summer of 1950 after the Korean Conflict began. He left her ... He enjoys the outdoors, fishing, dancing, quilting ...

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Ted Peck: Walleyes not tough to find
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Lake Winnebago has both lots of water and lots of fish, but access can be an issue—even during the week. This vast fishery is not subject to a closed season, so a few anglers might vector toward waters where gamefish haven't seen a hook in awhile.


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History of the area shared
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Originally the Michigan Territory was at the extreme southern shore of Lake Michigan and extended straight eastward into Lake Erie, and included present-day northwestern Ohio, Maumee Bay and the cities of Toledo and Oregon, Ohio. The reason the border ...

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Impaired waters list offers warning
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The Winnebago River is one of 572 bodies of water in Iowa believed to be at risk for issues in water quality. Often times due to ... Fisheries Biologist, Scott Grummer has had his hands full this past spring after reports of fish from clear lake ...

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