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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 rescue deer on Lake Winnebago
TOWN OF HARRISON - A video showing two men rescuing a deer on Lake Winnebago is making the rounds on the Internet. The men told FOX 11 the young doe was struggling in 16 feet of water. Now thousands of people have seen the video, thanks to a ...


Two fishermen rescue deer in Lake Winnebago
LAKE WINNEBAGO (WKOW) -- A typical fishing trip for two men this past weekend in Lake Winnebago became a rescue mission for a struggling deer. Matt Van Thiel and Josh Krueger came across the deer about a half-mile off shore. The two men tried to ...
Anglers Rescue Deer Stranded Half-mile Offshore on Lake WinnebagoOutdoorHub
Wis. Anglers Rescue Deer In LakeCBS Local

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Appleton Post Crescent

Citizens rescue 3 men from Lake Winnebago
Appleton Post Crescent
TOWN OF VINLAND — Three men were left stranded in Lake Winnebago after their fishing boat capsized Saturday morning. Police were dispatched for a 911 call after 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning to a spot south of Payne's Point in the Town of Vinland ...

La Crosse Tribune

HIGH SCHOOL FISHING: Logan's McCoy, Smith heading back to national ...
La Crosse Tribune
McCoy and Smith finished second in last month's state championship — the top two teams advance — on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis. on June 19-20, to earn a return trip to the national championship on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn. on July 22-25.

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The Oshkosh Northwestern
Plenty of things happening here as Fourth of July weekend is upon us — outdoor music, fishing tournaments, sunburns. ... That sale stems from a foreclosure judgment signed by Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert March 6 against the ...

Fond du Lac Reporter

Fond du Lac veterans participate in free fishing trip
Fond du Lac Reporter
The event, organized by the Mercury Marine Military Veterans Network and the Fond du Lac chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, was held Saturday, June 27, under sunny skies on Lake Winnebago. A total of 21 veterans received free meals, souvenirs and ...

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