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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!

Engberg: Hook and line sturgeon season can be fun
Appleton Post Crescent (blog)
Many people in the Midwest look forward to this time of the year. The hook and line lake sturgeon fishing season opened on September 6 and will continue through the end of the month. One of the main locations in southern Wisconsin to fish for this ...

Otter Street fishing tournament deserved coverage
The Oshkosh Northwestern
... dollar trailers, 40+ thousand dollar trucks and the additional thousands of dollars of equipment in the boats, as to have an appreciation for the financial aspect of these people who have come to town to fish in our Oshkosh town on our great Lake ...

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It is essentially a fertilizer diet designed to restore some semblance of ecological balance to the bay and the lower Fox River, defined as the 39-mile stretch between Lake Winnebago and Green Bay. .... So are the fish beaching themselves in Green Bay.

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Fishing Tournament Trail for Sept. 9
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Buddy bass tournament Wednesday evening at Lake Jacomo. 1. Dave Wagner, Blue Springs, and Kerry Moore, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, 9.75 pounds, $240. 2. Jason Askew, Independence, and Jason Cook, Lee's Summit, 4 bass, ...

He gets by with a little help from his friends
Mason City Globe Gazette
LAKE MILLS | Six years ago, Tyler Olson was a Lake Mills High School junior and a football player. This year he's a Waldorf College junior ... Olson's typical day begins about 7 a.m. when aides from Winnebago County Home Health come to help him get up ...

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Coast Guard enforcement effort irks some Lake Winnebago boaters, businesses
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Since Memorial Day, Coast Guard crews have performed 200 boardings on Lake Winnebago and nearly 4,900 on Lake Michigan. A boarding is a safety inspection that ensures compliance with required federal boating safety equipment. Crew members check ...
Coast Guard patrols generate complaintsFond du Lac Reporter

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