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    DNR 2017 Fish Survey Results Presentation

    4 lake fish

    photos ©2018 John Lyons


    by Hanna Edelglass

    On May 17, 2018, Steven Hogler - DNR Fisheries Biologist, Green Bay - presented Fish Survey results at our bi-monthly Manitowoc County  Lakes Association meeting for members and guests.  He indicated that surveys are science based that use standard lake survey protocols that allow comparisons to similar lakes across the state.  Survey frequency is based on the size of lakes as well as public access with larger lakes getting surveyed more often.  In Manitowoc County, the larger lakes are sampled most intensively every four years while smaller lakes get surveyed every 10 years.  In general he indicated that each year, he samples one large lake and two small lakes.

    For example, Long Lake and Bullhead Lake were surveyed in 2017.  

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Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  


Location/Directions: County Highway JJ, Town of Rockland. Take County Highway JJ West from Manitowoc, through the un-incorporated area of Collins. Continue West on County Highway JJ approximately 3 miles. Driveway on the East side of the road.

Accessibility: 44° 6′ 9.46″ N / 88° 2’25.31″ W

Surface Area: 70 acres

Shorelength: 1.3 mi

Depth: Max 40′, Mean 13′

Bottom: 10% sand, 50% gravel, 0% rock, 40% muck

Type of Lake: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.

Restrictions: 5 mph max, no wake, see posted and read the Wisconsin handbook

Recreational Features: Parking for 30 car/trailer units. Concrete ramp, port-a-pier and toilet building. Restrictions on motorboats and water skiing are posted.

Manitowoc County Map and Photos: http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/i-p/parks/lake-access/bullhead-lake/

Notes: One of the best fish populations in Manitowoc County. The positive effect of shoreland zoning is evident as one travels by boat.


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified:

Banded Mystery Snail (2009), Curly-Leaf Pondweed (2003), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2005), Giant hogweed (2009).


Fishing Regulations:

Bullhead has a reputation for being a “good bluegill lake.” You can catch 8- to 10-inchers in the shallows on jigs and waxies in summer and winter. The lake also has a fair population of stocked walleyes that tend to run on the large side. They can usually be caught on jig-and-minnow combinations near the deep weed line on the east shore and around the quick drop on the northwest.

—Kiel Bait & Gun, 1148 6th St., Kiel, WI 53014, (920) 894-3836. 

  


Fish Stocking:

DNR Fishing Survey: View the most recent report 2011

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2015 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 1,504 1.70
2013 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 2,340 2.00
2011 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 2,570 1.90
View more history

 

DNR Species Summary (2011):
Number of fish caught for the following length categories (inches):
species 0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 >29 Total
Black Crappie 1 1 2
Bluegill 13 7 1 21
Largemouth Bass 3 3 35 71 1 113
Northern Pike 1 1 1 3
Yellow Perch 1 2 1 4

Survey Date: 06-01-2011/Gear: Electrofishing


Condition: FAIR

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 55/Eutrophic (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
  • Secchi Disk (2016): Average summer reading = 6 ft. SE Georegion average = 6.8 ft.
    Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as MURKY and BROWN. Suggests readings may have been mostly impacted by suspended sediments.
  • Chemistry (2016): The average summer Chlorophyll was 16.3 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 23.5 µg/l). The summer total Phosphorus average was 35.8 µg/l. Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l and impoundments that have more than 30 µg/l of total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI) (2016): 56/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
    Eutrophic lakes are high in nutrients and contain large populations of plants, algae, and fish, which often grow to nuisance levels, and the fish species are generally tolerant of warm temperatures and low oxygen conditions. Phosphorus can fuel algae blooms.


View this graph on the DNR website

 

Condition information is based on Wisconsin DNR data for July and August. Additional data is available based on 6 volunteer readings taken March-Aug 2016.


Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of and Copyright Sportsman’s Connection, based on Wisconsin DNR data. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  

Other documents of interest:

1999 WI DNR Comprehensive Lake Survey

2017 Bullhead Lake Report by Steve Hogler, Steve Surendonk and Derek Apps, WDNR Green Bay Fish Management

Updated: February 2, 2018 — 1:32 am

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