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    RSVP for the Oct 18 Annual Banquet

    a sparkly glitter background with a a banner saying annual banquet Manitowoc County Lakes Association Annual Banquet


    Friday, October 18th, 2019

    Location:  Meats Opera Haus, St, Nazianz

    Time:  Cocktails (cash bar) and social hour from 6 to 7 PM

    Dinner:  Family style dinner at 7 PM with program to follow

    Speaker:  George Meyer, former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
    and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF)

    Door prizes and 50/50 raffle


    Cost:  $20 per person at the door includes desert and gratuity

    Reservations:  email reservations to Jerry Corfman at

    Organized and hosted by the Wilke Lake Advancement Association in coordination with MCLA



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    Valders Journal covers MCLA Guest Speaker Darren Kuhn

    Darren Kuhn has collected many stories in his career as a recreation safety warden, along with a strong desire for people to stay safe while having fun. Kuhn, who works for the state Department of Natural Resources, recently spoke to the Manitowoc County Lakes Association during a meeting in Manitowoc.

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Gass Lake, April 2015
by Ken & Karen Schuler,
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Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR. 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: Richard Blashka

Directions: Gass Lake Road, Town of Newton. Take Highway 42 South from Manitowoc approximately 1 mile, turn right on Gass Lake Road and travel .75 miles to driveway on the right.

About Gass Lake

Lake Health

  • Condition: Unknown/Eutrophic


A best bet in Manitowoc County for shore fishing for panfish! —The Wisconsin Fishing Report Spring 2017

  • Features: No shoreline development. Blacktopped access road and parking area. Parking barriers and a gate over the entrance road have been installed. Combination fishing and launching port-a-pier with a small picnic area containing a table and grill. Parking space is available for 8 car/trailer units. No restrooms, no 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: Yes. The boarding dock, and route of travel to it, is ADA accessible.
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only. Town of Newton OrdinanceWisconsin boating handbook
  • Note: The access is barricaded during the winter because of the steep access road.
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:


  • Surface area:  6.5 acres
  • Shorelength: .5 mi
  • Depth: Max 24′,  Mean: 12′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 5% gravel, 0% rock, 95% muck
  • Lake Type: Seepage
  • Lat/Long: 44.05351650, -87.73057850

Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


  • Fish present: Best known for largemouth bass, but northern pike and panfish including bluegill, perch and crappies are also found here.


  • View Gass Lake fishing regulations on DNR website
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10. No min length.
  • Open 5/4/2019-3/1/2020:
    • 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

  • No DNR surveys available
DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
View more history


Condition: Unknown (2018) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: unknown/Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 3.5 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.4 ft.)
    Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as MURKY and BROWN.
    Suggests readings may have been mostly impacted by suspended sediments.
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 27.8 µg/l (SE Georegion average 31.6 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 97.7 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): 60/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
    This TSI usually suggests decreased clarity, fewer algal species, oxygen-depleted bottom waters during the summer, plant overgrowth evident, warm-water fisheries (pike, perch, bass, etc.) only.

View TSI data graph on the DNR website

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Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR. Watershed map courtesy of Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department. New! Zoom in even closer with this new interactive watershed mapping tool.  
Updated: May 16, 2019 — 12:58 pm

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