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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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Appleton Post Crescent

Engberg: Lake Winnebago is the pinnacle of walleye fishing
Appleton Post Crescent
If you have not fished Lake Winnebago, than you are missing out on one of Wisconsin's premier walleye waters which seems to be getting better and better every year. Lake Winnebago is the largest inland lake in the state of Wisconsin encompassing 137 ...

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Nature World News

Deadly Fish Disease Could Cause Mass Die-Offs In Lake Winnebago, Researchers Say
Nature World News
VHSv is a deadly fish disease that has wiped out hundreds of small drum living in Lake Winnebago. Walleye (pictured here) are a popular game fish and drum are their primary food source. Researchers explain the importance of conserving populations to ...
Deadly Fish Virus Still Present in Wisconsin

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Two GOP lawmakers propose term limits; hunter killed by stray bullet; Arcadia ...
River Falls Journal
Rice Lake Representative Romaine Quinn said he's co-sponsoring the amendment, which would need approvals in two straight sessions and then by the voters in a statewide referendum. Gannon asserts that incumbency is too powerful, and there's no ...

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Keeping tabs on Lake Winnebago
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In fact, one of the primary reasons for the work — the DNR's annual Lake Winnebago trawling assessment — is to measure the lake's forage base. Ryan Zernzach, a DNR fisheries technician who doubles as captain of the Calumet, engaged a hydraulic lift ...

Northwest Herald

Sarley: Minnesota muskie could set world record
Northwest Herald
Do you recall the stories I wrote a few weeks ago about Minnesota's legendary Lake Mille Lacs and the problems with the walleye population? I said the area had a number of other species of great fish to go after. You can count the muskie as one of them. - WISC-TV3

The story of Madison's indigenous people - WISC-TV3
Then called Winnebago, Madison's Ho-Chunk people were here, on this land and its surrounding millions of acres, before there were ever deeds to purchase. They were here before the nineteenth century mining .... Water was everywhere, from the lakes to ...

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