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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 NEWS!

Lake Winnebago fishing report for July 18, 2014
Appleton Post Crescent
A fairly consistent weather pattern set up in the Lake Winnebago region over the past week. Temperatures remained steady, with occasional rain episodes. Overall, the water clarity remains stained on Lake Winnebago with water temperatures in the low to ...


DNR: Impact of gizzard shad on the Winnebago System studied
Appleton Post Crescent
This is the case on the Winnebago System, where shad are an important forage item for a multitude of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, and largemouth bass. Lake sturgeon also opportunistically feed on dead or dying gizzard shad during ...


Lake Catherine canoe float is Aug. 14
Mason City Globe Gazette
FOREST CITY | The Winnebago County Conservation Board will sponsor an evening canoe float at Thorpe Park's Lake Catherine from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Participants will be able to use the conservation board's canoes, paddles and lifejackets free ...


Water levels above normal; fishing activity stays steady
Journal Times
Cooler temperatures in the last few days chilled the air but not the fishing on Lake Winnebago, where the walleye bite remained consistent, though the perch bite has yet to pick up. Fishing was hot this week in Door and Kewaunee counties as anglers ...


Outdoors: Fishing activity holding steady
Madison.com
Cooler temperatures in the last few days chilled the air but not the fishing on Lake Winnebago, where the walleye bite remained consistent, though the perch bite has yet to pick up. Fishing was hot this week in in Door and Kewaunee counties as anglers ...

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Winnebago Walleye Factory Awaits
WalleyeFIRST
With unstable weather cooling off the mud bite, and a weed bite that is running behind schedule, anglers fishing the AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) Alumacraft Open on Lake Winnebago will be digging into their bag of tricks to find the bigger fish ...

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