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Annual Banquet Held on Oct. 13th, 2023

MCLA Annual Banquet held on Friday Oct. 13, 2023

The annual banquet of the Manitowoc County Lakes Association took place on Friday, October the 13th, hosted by Dan Dufek and the Larrabee Sportsman’s Club, who provided a delicious broasted chicken dinner and great company. MCLA members stepped up to provide an abundance of door prizes.

The Annual Lake Stewardship awards were presented at the meeting.

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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. Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  

MCLA Lake Director: [vacant]

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.

About English Lake

Lake Health


  • Features: Boat launch with a 50 foot port-a-pier. Small shelter, picnic areas with grills and a toilet building. There are parking spaces to accommodate 15 car/trailer units. No lighting.
  • Boat Ramp: Concrete ramp, 7% slope, >3 ft launch depth. Boat cleaning and decontamination station available.
  • Launch fee: Daily fee is $5.00 and the annual is $20.00.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: Yes. The boarding dock, and route of travel to it, is ADA accessible.
  • Restrictions: Motor boats are allowed. Motorboat restrictions, Slow-No-Wake Areas/Hours, Counterclockwise boating, Water Skiing Restrictions posted at access.  Town of Newton Ordinance | Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos: https://manitowoccountywi.gov/departments/parks/lake-access/english-lake/


  • Surface area: 48 acres
  • Depth: Maximum 85 feet (Deepest lake in Manitowoc County)
  • Shorelength:  1.1 miles
  • Bottom: 15% sand, 5% gravel, 0% rock, 80% muck
  • Type of Lake: Deep seepage (no inlet or outlet), stratified.
  • Lat/Long: 44° 2′ 38.91″ N / 87″ 47′ 21.09″W

Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


  • Fish present: Largemouth bass and bluegill common. Northern pike and walleye present. Perch and other panfish present.


  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: 15/5 Year-RoundThis limit is in effect through 2026.
      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 May 6, 2023 – March 3, 2024:
    • 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.
  • View English Lake fishing regulations on DNR website and 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 (2014)
species # caught Length Notes
Northern Pike 2 ave length 18.4″
Rock Bass 2 ave length 7.8″
Green Sunfish 1 ave length 3.2″
Bluegill 105 ave length 4.3″
Largemouth Bass 107 4.7″-20.5″ (ave. 11″)
Most common age group 3 years
it takes 7 years to reach 14″ minimum size limit for harvest
Black Crappie 10 ave length 5.9″
Yellow Perch 8 ave length 5.2″

DNR Conclusions from 2014 Survey:
This survey and the two previous surveys have documented a shift in the primary predator from Walleye to Largemouth Bass. Panfish, which were overabundant and slow growing, are now much lower in number and exhibiting good growth.


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


Condition: GOOD (2022) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 48/Mesotrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 4.8 ft. (SE Georegion average 6.2 ft.)
    Typically the summer (July/Aug) water was reported as CLEAR and GREENa graph of water clarity readings all in the low teens and single digits since 2000
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 7.4 µg/l (SE Georegion average 24.7 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 25.1 µg/l.
    May experience notable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI): 50/Mesotrophic.  What does this mean?
    Mesotrophic lakes contain contain healthy, diverse populations of aquatic plants, algae, and fish. They are characterized by moderately clear water, but have an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.


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. Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  
Updated: December 15, 2023 — 10:56 am


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  1. I live near Valders and my daughter is visiting with my 2 young grandsons. We are looking for a beach on a small lake in my area. Can you help me out.

    1. Well the Cedars in Kiel is now “Flip Flops.” It is a bar and restaurant (burgers, pizza) with a great beach. You might enjoy that!

  2. Do you know anything about the English Lake Inn??

    1. Hi Eva,
      The English Lake Inn was a fine dining establishment that had a beautiful view of the lake approximately 20 or more years ago. It was owned by Joe Matthias. It was later sold as a residence on the lake. Like many resorts and restaurants on lakes they were not economical, maybe due to Lake property taxes. 

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