Winnebago system Whitebass
The Winnebago system is an awesome fishery, the reason everyone flocks there this time of year is because the fishing is that good. It is truly hard to beat.
As far as some of the posts on the thread - Is the run on, where should I fish, what should I use, should I drive in from out of town, will next weekend be better?
These are just folks who don't have much experience with the Wolf River, Poygan, Winnebago, or Partridge, if they did, they'd know when the run was on, what to use, and where to go. Don't think it has anything to do with bag limits. The White Bass run is one of those times when you don't have to be terribly skilled to catch fish.
Also, if you want to walk across the river on boats, fish near Fremont. If you want to see considerably less people, go for a ride. This waterway is huge - from Schiocton, New London, Partridge Crop, Partride, Winnoconne,Butte des Morts, Winnebago - you can go for hours and hours and hours, and hours, and hours in a boat and never see the same shoreline. There is no reason to fish right next to someone unless you enjoy the company. I seldom have boats fishing near me. Really crazy too. You'll see 6 boats fishing 40 yards of shoreline, when you can drive 20 minutes away and have an entire shoreline to yourself - I never have understood that part of it.
Also, Treeshark, I understand your point, but in your scenario there are commercial fishermen involved who catch thousands and thousands of fish per boat. You ever notice that many times when you catch a White Bass 4 or 5 more fish are following the fish that you are reeling in? I'm not suggesting that people should keep 10 buckets of fish a piece - but I don't see any harm in filling up a cooler with the days catch.
The bad news is that the same DNR is also responsible for the crashing perch population on the bay. I am a actually more supportive of the DNR than most, but I don't think we can just put blind faith in their set bag limits either. Bago is a good fishery but it gets absolutely pounded- always has though I guess. Talk about a system just begging for a springtime slot rule for eyes...
The difference IMO, especially as it relates to white bass, is the average success rate of the ice fisherman since the popularity of the marcum/vexilars etc... for ice fishing. It would be interesting to see the catch rate for ice fishermen over the past 20 years or so (which I'm sure doesn't exist, but would be interesting nonetheless). To say these can't be fished out is naive in my opinion- if people can fish out the Pacific and Atlantic oceans of many species, surely an inland Wisconsin lake can be "fished out" as well.