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    Get Your License and Go Wild!

    Anglers are reminded that the new license year began April 1 for waters or species with a continuous open season. Licenses and stamps for the 2017 year are on sale now through GoWild.Wi.Gov. Fees for the 2017 license year remain the same as last year.

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    Special Panfish Regulations on Five Area Lakes

    March 26, 2016 – Five Lakes in Manitowoc County have been selected by the DNR for special regulations on panfish to be effective beginning April 1, 2016. Those lakes are Bullhead, Long, Pigeon, English and Harpt Lake.  A total of 94 lakes across the state were identified by biologists and anglers as underperforming - that is the mean length of bluegill and crappie is less than desirable but growth potential is good. The goal is to determine the best regulation that will increase the average size of bluegill and crappie on the selected lakes. Ultimately, a single regulation will be chosen and used to address similar lakes not meeting Panfish management goals. The effectiveness of each regulation will be evaluated in 2021.

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English Lake, April 2015
English Lake, April 2015
by Ken & Karen Schuler, TrawlersMidwest.com

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: Town of Newton. Take Highway 42 South from Manitowoc, West on English Lake Road approximately 2 miles to Brunner Road. South on Brunner Road .5 miles to driveway located on the East side of the road.

Accessibility: 44° 2′ 38.91″ N / 87″ 47′ 21.09″W

Surface area: 48 acres

Shorelength:  1.1 miles

Depth: Maximum 85 feet (Deepest lake in Manitowoc County)

Bottom: 15% sand, 5% gravel, 0% rock, 80% 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.

Recreational Features: The public access has a concrete boat launch ramp with a 50 foot port-a-pier. Other facilities available are a small shelter, picnic areas with grills and a toilet building. There are parking spaces to accommodate 15 car/trailer units.

Restrictions: Motorboat Prohibition, Seaplanes, Slow-No-Wake Areas, Slow-No-Wake Hours, Water Skiing Restrictions. Operating restrictions on motorboats and water skiing are posted at the access. More info | Read the Wisconsin handbook

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


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified: Banded Mystery Snail (2012), Curly-Leaf Pondweed (2007), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2009), Hybrid Eurasian / Northern Water-Milfoil (2011).

Fishing Regulations:

  • Fish present: This lake is known for nice size walleyes, large mouth bass and panfish. Panfish (Common), Largemouth Bass (Common), Northern Pike (Present), Walleye (Present)
  • Management: Walleye, bass, panfish.
  • View complete English Lake regulations at DNR
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: 15/5 Year-Round (as of 4/1/2016). 15 panfish may be kept, but no more than 5 of any one species (all year). No minimum length limit.
      Panfish fact sheet
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/6/2017-3/4/2018:
    • 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.


Fish Stocking: 

DNR Fishing Survey Report: Most recent report 2014

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
View more history


DNR Species Summary (2006)
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
Bluegill 12 20 32
Green Sunfish 1  1 2
Largemouth Bass 15 54 21 41 8 139
Northern Pike 1 1
Rock Bass  1 1
Walleye  2  2 4
Yellow Perch  1 1

Survey Date: 10-09-2006/Gear: Electrofishing


Condition: GOOD

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 47 (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
  • Secchi Disk (2016): Average summer reading = 10 ft. SE Georegion average = 6.8 ft. Typically the summer (July/Aug) water was reported as CLEAR and GREEN
  • Chemistry (2016): The average summer Chlorophyll was 5.5 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 23.5 µg/l). The summer Total Phosphorus average was 24.4 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): 48/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 this graph on the DNR website

Condition information is based on Wisconsin DNR data from volunteer readings taken on 6 different days in June – Sept 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.  
Updated: April 25, 2017 — 10:40 pm

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