I’ll be moving to Appleton, hopefully at the end of this year from central Minnesota. I do A LOT of fishing. Mississippi & other rivers, ponds, big water, you name it. I have a boat (16 1/2 foot), fishing kayak and ice gear. I mainly fish for panfish and walleye but really love to just catch anything. Looking at Appleton, obviously there is Winnebago, the Fox River, Poygan, etc. It seems like those lakes can get real choppy which could limit fishing for a mid sized boat like mine or for days when you just wanna throw the kayak in after work. I guess my questions are: how good is the fishing around Appleton, are there a lot of fishing options in the area, and how far do you have to drive to get away from crowds? I enjoy fishing the rivers and it sounds like the Waupaca and smaller rivers/bayous in the area are good, but are they only good during the walleye run? And my gosh, I’ve never seen so many boats on a river before, even around the Twin Cities.
Thank you everyone!