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Fremont, Wisconsin

Fremont, east of the Wolf River Looking north at Fremont from U.S. Route 10 Welcome sign Fremont is a village in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Fremont. The population was 666 at the 2000 census. Fremont is often referred to as the "White Bass Capital of the World."[1]



Fremont is located at (44.261991, -88.870059).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km ), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km ) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km ) of it (11.76%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 666 people, 302 households, and 189 families residing in the village. The population density was 637.2 people per square mile (244.9/km ). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 388.4 per square mile (149.3/km ). The racial makeup of the village was 98.80% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 302 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the village the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $51,111. Males had a median income of $37,019 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,430. About 5.0% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


The Fremont Elementary School serves grades PK-5, on immediately east of the current U.S. Post Office, is part of the Weyauwega-Fremont School District with an enrollment of 963.[2]


The Town of Fremont was first settled in the spring of 1849 by D. Gordon. The first paper published was the Fremont Pioneer in 1857. The first church (Presbyterian) was built in 1873. The Village of Fremont was organized in 1888.[3]

An interesting story, the "Death of Wau-Ke-John" a war chief of the Menominee, takes place in the summer of 1852 as reported by W. A. Springer "who was in the neighborhood ... and was present at the funeral".[4]

Wolf River

The Wolf River flows through the middle of the village; Partridge Lake is just upriver. A spawning "run" of white bass, or sand bass (Morone chrysops), also known as "stripers", occurs twice a year: in the spring around Mothers Day (third weekend of May) and in the fall (late September/early October). Lake Sturgeon from Lake Winnebago travel upriver to the Fremont area in spring to spawn. Fremont is the white bass capital of the world.


  1. See, for example, Grossman, Elizabeth, Watershed: The Undamming of America, Counterpoint, (2002) p 86, ("I pass a sign for Fremont ... the 'White Bass Capital of the World,' and a sign that announces 'Fish Fry and Catfish Races'...", Motoviloff, John, Flyfisher's Guide to Wisconsin and Iowa, 2nd ed. Wilderness Adventures Press (2006) p 357, ("An angler may ... fish white bass at night from a lit boathouse near Fremont, the 'White Bass Capital of the World.'") and
  2. Weyauwega-Fremont School District
  3. Wakefield, Josephus, "History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin," D.L. Stinchfield, Waupaca, WIS, (1890), Ch. XVIII (See:
  4. Wakefield, Josephus, "History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin," D.L. Stinchfield, Waupaca, WIS, (1890), pp 123-127 (See:

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