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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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Lake Winnebago NEWS!

Lake Winnebago fishing report for July 18, 2014
Appleton Post Crescent
A fairly consistent weather pattern set up in the Lake Winnebago region over the past week. Temperatures remained steady, with occasional rain episodes. Overall, the water clarity remains stained on Lake Winnebago with water temperatures in the low to ...

DNR: Impact of gizzard shad on the Winnebago System studied
Appleton Post Crescent
This is the case on the Winnebago System, where shad are an important forage item for a multitude of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, and largemouth bass. Lake sturgeon also opportunistically feed on dead or dying gizzard shad during ...

Winnebago Walleye Factory Awaits
With unstable weather cooling off the mud bite, and a weed bite that is running behind schedule, anglers fishing the AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) Alumacraft Open on Lake Winnebago will be digging into their bag of tricks to find the bigger fish ...

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Fishing Tournament Trail for July 22
Kansas City Star
JACOMO BASS CLUB: Buddy bass tournament on Wednesday evening at Lake Jacomo. 1. Tim Burt, Blue Springs, and Troy Fritts, Raymore, 4 bass, 12.70 pounds, $330. 2. Walt Hammond, Lee's Summit, and Dan Laboube, Lake Winnebago, 4 bass, ...

Evening Canoe Float scheduled at Thorpe Park
Mason City Globe Gazette
As the beginning of the school year draws closer, families are going to want to get outdoors a few more times and spend some quality time together. And, the Winnebago County Conservation Board has the perfect opportunity for families (and others) to do ...

Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of July 23-29, 2014
The Rock River Times
Now offering: Mad Anglers Fishing Club, Windsor Lake Fishing League, Paddlesport instruction and rental, RAC memberships through Paddle and Trail, group and corporate outings, boat storage, special women's and youth programs. Info: www.paddleandtrail ...

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