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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

Round goby could invade Lake Winnebago
Appleton Post Crescent
Round gobies could have a strong impact on Lake Winnebago, the Fox River and Wolf River systems should the invasive fish move farther into the lake, according to a University of Wisconsin aquatic invasive species expert. "Lake Winnebago is already a ...


Ice bridges placed on Lake Winnebago
OSHKOSH — Eight days before the start of Sturgeon spear fishing and activity on the Lake Winnebago system is ramping up. The ice is thick enough for fishing clubs to install steel bridges out on the lake. The move is just in time for another fishing ...
Ice bridges propped up on Lake WinnebagoWGBA-TV
Fishermen anticipate cloudy conditions for sturgeon seasonMinneapolis Star Tribune

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Ice fishermen urged to report round gobies in Lake Winnebago System
With a big crowd expected to hit the ice this weekend, the DNR is once again urging anglers to report any round gobies caught in the Lake Winnebago System. The invasive species has been a threat since August. As the ice builds on portions of Little ...
DNR wants reports of round goby
DNR asks for round gobies monitoringWGBA-TV

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Appleton Post Crescent

Lake Winnebago anglers urged to report on gobies
Appleton Post Crescent
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking for help from ice fishermen this winter to report any catches of round gobies in the lower Fox River above the Rapide Croche Dam, in Little Lake Butte des Morts and in Lake Winnebago. Anglers who ...

Ice conditions on the Lake Winnebago system
On Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh, Jim Hamill is kicking around the idea of doing a little ice fishing, but getting onto the ice, may be a challenge. "That's just the ice expanding. Now it kind of moved in a little bit, buckled up, broke off some more ...

Ice, water clarity improve for sturgeon spearing
Fond du Lac Reporter
Scott Scharfenberg, president of Foot of the Lake Fishing Club in Fond du Lac, reports up to 19 inches of ice on the south end of Lake Winnebago, where the club is building roads that extend a mile and a half onto the lake, rimmed by old Christmas trees.
Will Lake Winnebago be clear enough to spear?

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