Lake Winnebago

Lake Winnebago, where competitors will battle it out for supremacy of the ice during the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship, is a massive body of water. In fact it is one of the largest lakes in the U.S. Add to this fact, the natural phenomenon of the nearly constant flow of wind onto Lake Winnebago from the nearby Niagara Escarpment and you have a kiters dream.

Fond du Lac (loosely translated into foot of the lake) is nestled into the southernmost shore of Lake Winnebago. The community embraces the recreational opportunities the water provides year round. Sailing, windsurfing and open water fishing are dominant activities much of the year. When winter rolls around ice fishing, sturgeon spearing and, of course, wind and kite surfing all take center stage.


  • 137,708 acres with 88 miles of shoreline
  • 15.5 ft. - average depth, 21 ft. maximum depth
  • Fish species: Black Crappie, Bluegill, Burbot, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Freshwater Drum, Lake Sturgeon, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Sauger, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
  • Approximately 30 miles long by 10 miles wide.
  • Ice fishing is very popular and it's not uncommon to view 10,000 cars parked on the lake during the frigid months.
  • The annual spearing hunt for the bottom dwelling, prehistoric sturgeon fish begins in February.
  • For more information about sponsorship contact Dan Deuster at or call 920-960-9676