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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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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 ...

Stranded boats being allowed through Menasha Lock
The round goby is an invasive fish already found in the bay of Green Bay and nearby waters of the Fox River. Officials fear if round gobies get into Lake Winnebago, they could damage the sport fishery there by eating eggs and young of fish such as ...
Menasha Locks open briefly for stranded boatsWBAY
Menasha Lock opens Thursday for

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Mason City Globe Gazette

Jeff Montgomery
Mason City Globe Gazette
Jeff worked for Winnebago for several years and helped area farmers. Jeff loved fishing and hunting in his earlier years. He loved taking trips to the lake with his family and going camping. He enjoyed taking road trips to see nature and the crops ...


DNR can't take wait-and-see approach to round goby problem
The DNR chemically treated the water to prevent any gobies from passing through and threatening Lake Winnebago's habitat of native fish. But it could take months to finalize a long-term strategy against the invasive species. While round gobies have ...

Stranded boats to be allowed through Menasha lock Thursday
The round goby is an invasive fish already found in the bay of Green Bay and nearby waters of the Fox River. Officials fear if round gobies get into Lake Winnebago, they could damage the sport fishery there by eating eggs and young of fish such as ...
Menasha Lock to Open Temporarily ThursdayWBAY

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Local firefighter accomplished muskie angler
Steve Weyers grew up in Appleton, where he fished for walleyes in the nearby Wolf and Fox rivers and in Lake Winnebago. But it was during visits to an uncle's resort at Land of Lakes that Weyers was ... Last weekend Weyers and his longtime fishing ...

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