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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 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 ...


Sturgeon Spearers Face White-Out Conditions on Lake Winnebago
Despite facing brutally cold and white-out conditions on the ice for the opening day of sturgeon spearing Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources reports one of the largest Lake Winnebago fish harvests on record. The DNR says 467 fish were ...
Sturgeon spearing: 'It's crazy, but it's a wonderful crazy'Fond du Lac Reporter
Fishermen take aim at sturgeon on Lake WinnebagoMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
Spearers take 488 sturgeon on Day 2 of seasonAppleton Post Crescent -Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Fond du Lac Reporter

Lake Winnebago spearers fall short of harvest cap
Fond du Lac Reporter
FOND DU LAC – Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearers that have come up cold this season will have at least one more shot at a fish. Thursday's harvest of 52 adult females fell short of the 90 percent harvest cap, making Friday the penultimate day of the ...
Sturgeon season closes on upriver lakes, Lake Winnebago drawing closeThe Oshkosh Northwestern
What's Up Outdoors: Wisconsin's famed sturgeon spearing openerBrainerd Daily Dispatch
Sturgeon spearing season ends in WisconsinJournal Times
Bloomington Pantagraph
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Fond du Lac Reporter

End of 2015 sturgeon season in sight
Fond du Lac Reporter
"The season will conclude after 5 days (on Upriver Lakes), which just happens to be the average length of that season since the lottery fishery was implemented in 2007," said DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist Ryan Koenigs. "Lake Winnebago continued to ...

Ice fishermen take to the lakes despite fatal accident on Lake Winnebago
Newsradio 620
OCONOMOWOC -- Days after a Sussex father and son drowned on Lake Winnebago, warmer weather hasn't kept ice fishermen away. So, firefighters in the Lake Country region are doing what they can to be prepared for any future emergencies. There are no ...

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Battle on Bago brings thousands to Lake Winnebago
Crews on Lake Winnebago are getting ready for about 12,000 people to compete in the eight annual “Battle on Bago” ice fishing tournament in just two days. “February is very busy for us,” says Don Herman of the Otter Street Fishing Club in Oshkosh.

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