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I will be coming out to the Appleton area next week for work. I will be there for six weeks. Have a ton of questions, don't want to see my ice season end just yet.

1. How much is an out of state license?

2. What are ice conditions like around Appleton?

3. Are there any good Walleye or Crappie lakes in the area?

I have never even been in that area before so any answers would be greatly appreciated.

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Pwaldow:

Can only answer your license question, not knowing anything about Appleton.

Nonresident individual season: $34
Nonresident 4-day individual: $15
Nonresident 15-day individual: $20
Annual inland trout stamp (resident and non-resident): $7.25

No shelter license is needed for ice fishing. No name and address are required on the shelter, either.

Good luck!

Anyone else help out Pwaldow on specific Appleton area info?

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I was born and raised in Wi(Hayward area). I now live in the cities. I have fished on Lake Poygan/Lake Winneconne.Its in Waushara and Winnebago Counties. Its a shallow lake with little structure. Its over 14,000 acres. with a max depth of 12ft. I suggest getting a fishing hotspots map of it.I have one if you would like to borrow it.
Another lake to consider is Lake Winnebago. Its alot like Mille lacs. Very large and fairly shallow. Im sure there are alot of other lakes in the area as well. Good luck.

P.S. This is Jim. The guy you were going to help with the garmin 12 gps. I hope this helps you out. If you have anymore questions you can e-mail me at: [email protected]

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Hey Paul, you better watch out. After spending that much time in WI, you may be called a cheesehead when you get back. I lived in the Appleton area for a few years and know the area. I sill make it out that way a few times each year. Are you leaving next week for sure, and are you going to be gone for six weeks or longer? The reason I am asking is because the end of March and the begining of April can produce some awesome open water walleye fishing in the rivers. I can talk to some friends and get you some current information. Better yet, get me a job out there and I can show you around myself. wink.gif

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Adam,

There's no way that I will ever be called a cheesehead grin.gif. Sounds like I may want to stay a while longer to get in some good fsihing, but that's not possible.

Doesn't anyone that frequents this board have any info on Lake Winebago???????????

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Well I've been here all this weekend and cheeseland and you guys aint half bad smile.gif

Still looking for any info on Winnebago or other Appleton area lakes. Have Sunday off and I'm suffering from some severe fishing withdrawls.

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Door County is only an hour or two away. Egg Harbor is one of my favorite destinations. If Nothing there then to Dykesville. Egg Harbor for jumbo perch, Brown Trout and Northern Pike. Don't need to get to far from shore and there is just something cool about fishing on Lake Michigan. Worth it for a stop at Al Johnsons as well. Have their Sweedish Pancakes. Make sure that the ice is good before you go out.

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