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Another colder than average week graced Lake Winnebago this week, with periodic light snow. The ice surface is navigable by four wheel drive, with normal snow drifting on top of the ice once off of the plowed roads. Ice depths remained relatively unchanged at around 30 inches. An auger extension is now a must in most areas. Water clarity is very clear over the majority of the lake.

The end of the sturgeon season occurred on Thursday, with one of the most successful seasons ever recorded. 1,854 sturgeon were harvested between Lake Winnebago and the up river lakes. In the harvest was the 6th largest sturgeon ever recorded, going a hefty 179.0 pounds.

If you have never experienced the weigh in of sturgeon season, please plan on making a trip to Fond du Lac area in 2015 to experience this one of a kind outdoor event.

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Mark Schram is an avid tournament fisherman, focusing most of his efforts on the Winnebago System in East Central Wisconsin. Mark's blog will focus on the current fishing conditions and selected topics related to the Lake Winnebago region, outdoor sports and life in general. As an angler, he ultimately strives to educate new and established fishermen on the joys of nature. Mark is the founder of, a published outdoor writer and an active member of many fishing organizations including the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #182).

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