56-Year-Old Illinois Man Dies While Fishing Lake Poygan

On Saturday, February 18, 2023, around 1:20 pm, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office was requested by family members to respond to an area of Lake Poygan near Noffke’s Landing on County Highway B to check on a man who had been fishing in the area and was currently unaccounted for.

Based upon information the sheriff’s office gathered from the mans family, resources were summoned to respond to the area to help search the lake for the missing fisherman.

The Winneconne Poygan, Poy Sippi, Boom Bay and Omro Rushford Fire Department all responded with airboats, ATVs, utility vehicles and other equipment.

Members of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit, Oshkosh Fire Department Med Unit paramedics, and the Wisconsin DNR also responded to assist with the search.

Thedastar medical helicopter was requested, and Winnebago County Emergency Management was involved and in contact with Wisconsin Emergency Management and Civil Air Patrol for any additional aerial and drone response.

Around 3:10 pm, the fisherman was located deceased in some open water near the area of Captain’s Cove by members of the Poy Sippi Fire Department.