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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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Fishermen swim to safety after ice shifts on Lake Winnebago
The Oshkosh Northwestern
OSHKOSH — Five men swam to safety Thursday morning near Oshkosh after the ice they were fishing on broke loose in Lake Winnebago. Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Anthes said deputies were called to the lake near Black Wolf south of Oshkosh ...
5 anglers swim to safety after ice breaks loose on Lake WinnebagoMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

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The Republic

2 trucks fall through ice on south end of Lake Winnebago (with video)
The Sheboygan Press
The two brothers were assisted by snowmobilers on the ice and rescue personnel included members of the Otter Street fishing club who were on the lake removing ramps Sunday. The trucks weren't far from recommended driving paths, but weather that was ...
Brothers' trucks break through Lake Winnebago iceWMTV
Wisconsin brothers lose 2 trucks through thinning ice on Lake WinnebagoMinneapolis Star Tribune
Brothers' trucks go through Lake Winnebago iceGreen Bay Press Gazette
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Strong winds, weakened ice set stage for spectacular show on Lake Winnebago
Appleton Post Crescent
Yard MD: Winnebago ice crashes ashore: Lake Winnebago finally said hello to spring today as massive piles of ice were thrown up along shore from Neenah south to Fond du Lac. The annual ice-out on the big lake has begun and great piles of ice are ...

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Local News Briefs Friday 4/11/14
Five fishermen were stranded on Lake Winnebago when the ice they were fishing on broke away from shore late yesterday morning. Winnebago County Sheriff's officials say they were called to check on the welfare of several fishermen who were fishing near ...

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DNR asked to address 'problem' target shooting
Portage Daily Register
Building a shooting range on state-owned land in the county – something that Kessler says he favors – won't, by itself, address citizens' complaints about shooting all types of guns at all hours of the day and littering at DNR sites such as the Swan ...

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Wisconsin Fisheries Advisory Council hosts its first meeting
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The statewide fisheries council is partly modeled after the Sturgeon Advisory Committee on the Lake Winnebago system. Bruch worked for more than two decades with the sturgeon group, widely regarded as a great success in terms of public involvement and ...

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