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Grand kids love fishing, too.
Don Fischer, 2/1/2017
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Click on the maps to enlarge. NOTE THAT MAP SHOWS LAKE LEVELS 3+ FEET LOWER THAN CURRENT STABLE LEVELS. 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: Cindy Leitner (alternates: Phil Knauf, Richard Jens)

Location/Directions: Louis Corners Road, Town of Schleswig. Take Highway 151 West from Manitowoc to CTH A, South on CTH A approximately 6.5 miles to CTH XX. Travel west on CTH XX 1.5 miles to Louis Corners Road. Turn South on Louis Corners Road and follow approximately 1 mile. Boat Landing Located to the North.

Accessibility: 43°55’31.5″N / 87°56’19.3″W

Surface Area: 136 acres

Shorelength: 3.6 mi

Depth: Max 21′, Mean 9′

Bottom: 10% sand, 45% gravel, 0% rock, 45% muck

Type of Lake: Shallow Seepage. Shallow Seepage lakes do not stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.

Restrictions: An ordinance to regulate water traffic, boating, and water sports upon the waters of the Town of Schleswig. No power loading. Slow no wake except Sundays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Littering, Motorboat Prohibition, Noise Levels, Rafts, piers, Ski jumps, Slow-No-Wake Areas/Hours Posted, Swimming Regulations, Water Skiing Restrictions. Ordinance details | Read the Wisconsin handbook

Recreational Features:  Access road and launching area are blacktopped. A one-acre parking lot was developed on land provided by the Kiel Fish and Game Association across Rockville Road, southwest of the access. This access also offers a picnic area near the parking lot, a fishing area, a port-a-pier for easier access to the lake, and a toilet building.

ADA Accessibility/Parking: There is a steep slope to the water’s edge. Not ADA accessible. There is designated accessible parking at the launch site.

Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.

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

Notes: This is the largest inland lake in Manitowoc County.

Lake Associations:
Cedar Lake Improvement Association: Cindy Leitner, President
Town of Schleswig Sanitary District 1: Website


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified: Banded Mystery Snail (2008), Curly-Leaf Pondweed (1993), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (1993), Zebra Mussel (2001).
Observed/Not Verified: Chinese Mystery Snail (2011), Rusty Crayfish (2010), Yellow Iris (2014).

Lake residents and sportsmen report that no curly leaf pondweed has ever been reported on Cedar Lake since the 1993 sighting.


Fishing Regulations:

  • Fish present: Northern pike, bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch.
  • Management: Northern pike, bass, panfish.
  • View complete Cedar Lake regulations at DNR
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/5/2018-3/3/2019:
    • 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.
  • Wake Hours: 11-6 Mon-Sat; Sun 11-2; Counter-clockwise boating required.
  • Weed Cutting Requests?  Contact Roger Laack 894-7074

Fish Stocking:

(Source: Sportsman’s Connection):
2,000 5-6″ perch mid-March 2013
2,000 6″ walleyes in December 2013

DNR Fishing Survey Report: Most recent report 2010

 

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 6 1 8
Bluegill 242 40 282
Green Sunfish 2 2
Largemouth Bass 8 17 64 73 32  1 195
Northern Pike  7 7  12 29 7 56
Pumpkin Sunfish  49  43 92
Rock Bass  3  11 2 16
Yellow Perch 1 3 4

Survey Date: 04-06-2011/Gear: Electrofishing


Condition: EXCELLENT

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 42/Mesotrophic (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
  • Secchi Disk (2018): Average summer reading = 10.7 ft. (SE Georegion average = 6.8 ft). Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as CLEAR and GREENGreen normally suggests a lake impacted by algae. However, since recent summer chlorophyll readings average less than 9 ug/l, this lake may have been impacted by another factor, such as suspended marl.
    A graph of water clarity
  • Chemistry (2018): The average summer Chlorophyll was 3.6 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 31.6 µg/l). The summer total Phosphorus average was 19.2 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) (2018): 43/Mesotrophic. What does this mean?
    Mesotrophic lakes contain moderate amounts of nutrients, and contain healthy, diverse populations of aquatic plants, algae, and fish. Occasional algae blooms may occur. If the lake is deep enough to stratify, the hypolimnion often becomes low in oxygen by the end of summer, and may result in some phosphorus release from the sediments. Mesotrophic lakes are characterized by moderately clear water, but have a increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.

View Secchi Disk graph on the DNR website

Condition is based on Wisconsin DNR data from volunteer readings taken on 20 different days in April-Sep in 2018.

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:

Updated: November 28, 2018 — 1:21 pm

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  1. See http://www.townofschleswig.gov web page under department tab Sanitary District 1 Cedar Lake for several current and past fish reports from the DNR along with other water quality data and information. Note that the 1966 DNR map reflects a lake level 3+ feet lower than current relatively stable lake level conditions. One island is a submerged obstruction now.

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