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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 NEWS!

Appleton Post Crescent

Sturgeon spearing license deadline approaches
Appleton Post Crescent
OSHKOSH - If your family shares a love of fishing and a passion for sturgeon, there will be no better way to demonstrate it than on Valentine's Day 2015 when the sturgeon spearing season kicks off on the Lake Winnebago system. You'll have to plan ahead ...
Sturgeon spearing license deadline
Deadline approaching to purchase Winnebago sturgeon spearing licensesMilwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Sturgeon Spearing Season Starts on Valentine's DayWBAY

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Fishing Tournament Trail for Oct. 28
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Championship buddy bass tournament Sunday at Lake Jacomo. 1. Walt Hammond, Lee's Summit, and Dan Laboube, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, 13.55 pounds, $1,200. 2. Tim Burt, Blue Springs, and Matt Chisesi, Lee's Summit, 4 bass, ...


Sturgeon spearing registration deadline nears
October 31 is the deadline to buy sturgeon spearing licenses for the Lake Winnebago sturgeon season. DNR fish biologist Ryan Koenigs says like in years past, you can buy as many licenses as you want. "The harvest caps are already set for the 2015 ...

Outdoors: Illinois governor candidates Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner talk issues ...
Northwest Herald
In order to better serve the people of Illinois we have added over 150 new frontline employees including wildlife and fisheries biologists, conservation police officers, interpreters and supervisors at our state parks. We have more work to do, but the ...

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The Oshkosh Northwestern

DNR: Sealant runoff poses no threat to health, environment
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Before a layer of water-based sealant on the roof at Marvel Manufacturing Company could dry, rain came Thursday night and caused the white material to flow into storm sewers, a small drainage creek and Lake Winnebago. According to a press release from ...

Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014
The Rock River Times
Now offering: Mad Anglers Fishing Club, Windsor Lake Fishing League, Paddlesport instruction and rental, RAC memberships through Paddle and Trail, group and corporate outings, boat storage, special women's and youth programs. Info: www.paddleandtrail ...

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