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Carstens Lake, Spring 2015
by Ken & Karen Schuler, TrawlersMidwest.com
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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.  

MCLA Lake Director: Brian Robley

Directions: Town of Newton. Take Highway 42 South approximately 4 miles from Manitowoc to Carstens Lake Road. East .5 miles to driveway to the North.


About Carstens Lake

Lake Health

Recreation

  • Features: Parking for 15 car/trailer units, boat ramp, boarding dock, public toilet, lighting. No potable water.
  • Boat Ramp: Paved, 7% slope, 3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
  • Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: None. The approach to the boarding dock is not ADA accessible (August/2011).
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only. Slow-No-Wake Areas/Hours, Water Skiing Restrictions. Read the Wisconsin handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/carstens-lake/
  • Notes: Several years ago, the DNR poisoned off the lake and a fish weir was installed within the inlet stream to block off the spawning runs of rough fish from Lake Michigan. Adult northern pike and bass have been planted to restock the lake.

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 21 acres
  • Depth: Max 28′, Mean 12′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 0% gravel, 0% rock, 99% muck
  • Shorelength:  .8 mi
  • Lake Type: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.
  • Lat/Long: 44° 1′ 25.51″ N / 87° 45′ 57.25″ W


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:


Fishing

  • Fish present: Bluegill and Largemouth Bass.

Regulations

  • View Carstens Lake regulations on DNR website
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/1/2021-3/6/2022:
    • Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 14″ Limit 5.
    • Northern Pike: 26″ Limit 2.
    • Walleye: 15″ Limit 5.
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.
  • Familiarize yourself with Wisconsin fishing:
    WDNR Hook & Line Guide
  • Consumption Advisory: General Manitowoc County/Mercury. Click here.

Stocking and DNR Surveys

Summary of DNR Species Sampling (2015)
Number Size range
Bluegill 120 2.2-6.3″
Black Crappie 13 6.5-7.9″
Green Sunfish 1 4″
Largemouth Bass 47 7-18.3″
Yellow Perch 1 4.3″
Total 182

 

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
1999 NORTHERN PIKE LAKE PUCKAWAY LARGE FINGERLING 105 7.40
1999 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED SMALL FINGERLING 1,050 1.20
View more history

 


Condition: POOR (2020) Source

  • View Current Water Sampling Data on the Friends of Hika Bay website
  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 69/Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: A single reading taken on 6/18/2020 was 5.25 ft. (SE Georegion average 6.5 ft.) The water on that date was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may be mostly impacted by algae. 
    a graph showing low clarity readings since 1993
    2020 Secchi Disk data unavailable.
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 59.4 µg/l (SE Georegion average 21.7 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 159 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): 66/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
    This TSI usually suggests blue-green algae become dominant and algal scums are possible, extensive plant overgrowth problems possible.


View TSI data graph on the DNR website

Lake monitor volunteers with the Citizens Lake Monitoring Project sampled Carstens Lake 4 different days during the 2020 season.


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.  

Additional maps and documents of interest:

Wisconsin DNR 1999 Fishing Survey (PDF)

Wisconsin DNR 2010 Plant Survey (PDF)

 

Updated: June 19, 2021 — 2:23 pm

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