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

Recreation

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:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/gass-lake/

Statistics

  • 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


Fishing

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

Regulations

  • 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 5/2/2020-3/7/2021:
    • 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)
2003 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED SMALL FINGERLING 150 2.20
2002 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED LARGE FINGERLING 88 5.00
2001 LARGEMOUTH BASS UNSPECIFIED LARGE FINGERLING 300 1.30
View more history

 


Condition: POOR (2019) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 67/Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 6 ft. (SE Georegion average 7.1 ft.)
    Summer (July/Aug) water was reported as CLEAR and GREEN.
    Suggests readings may have been mostly impacted by algae.
    a graph shows reduced lake clarity readings in the single digits since 2012
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 43.9 µg/l (SE Georegion average 32.8 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 93.2 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): 63/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

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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: March 22, 2020 — 6:37 pm

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