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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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DNR: Asian carp DNA found in Fox River
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says testing turned up a single positive sample for silver carp. The sample was taken in the lower Fox River, which is between Lake Winnebago and Green Bay. The DNR is now working with the U.S. Fish and ...

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Popcorn a favorite in the Americas for thousands of years
The Albany Herald
According to, documentation by Spaniards in the Americas included one such ceremony honoring a god that the Aztecs believed watched over fishermen: “They scattered before him parched corn, a kind of corn that bursts when parched and ...

Fishing Tournament Trail for Oct. 21
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Buddy bass tournament Sunday at Lake Jacomo. 1. Dave Wagner, Blue Springs, and Kerry Moore, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, 14.15 pounds, $360. 2. Marc Busker and Tim Pogue, Blue Springs, 3 bass, 10.65 pounds, $215. Big bass: ...

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Shopping and dining in Fox Cities
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At Appleton Beer Factory, located at 603 West College Avenue, the seasonal menu focuses on natural, sustainable foods that are sourced locally and house-made, including produce, fish and meat. A must is the sweet potato fries served with marshmallow ...

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On Wisconsin: Big murals bring tourists to small towns
Ashland has 16 murals, the first painted in 1998, according to artist Susan Prentice Martinsen, who has teamed with Kelly Meredith on the massive works of art that depict the Lake Superior community's history. The largest, of ... A mural on the side of ...

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Fishing Tournament Trail for Oct. 7
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Buddy bass tournament Sunday at Lake Jacomo. 1. Jason Hahn, Kansas City, and Josh Mills, Lee's Summit, 4 bass, 10.05 pounds, $255. 2. Dave Wagner, Blue Springs, and Kerry Moore, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, 9.14 pounds, $160.

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