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Pigeon Lake News

    June 2020 Lake Reports

    Despite the cancellation of our spring and summer 2020 membership meetings, MCLA continues to monitor lake conditions in the county through the reports of lake directors.

    In June, reports were submitted for Cedar, Bullhead, Hartlaub, Silver and Pigeon Lakes.

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Pigeon Lake in Bloom, 2012
by Ken & Karen Schuler, TrawlersMidwest.com
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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.  

MCLA Lake Director: Jerry Gospodarek

Directions: Pigeon Lake Road, Town of Liberty. Take Highway 42 South from Manitowoc, West on County Highway F approximately 3.5 miles to Pigeon Lake Road. Travel North on Pigeon Lake Road approximately .75 miles to driveway to on the West side of the road.


About Pigeon Lake

Lake Health

  • Condition: Good read more (some 2020 data not available)

Recreation

  • Features: Parking space for 10 car/trailer units, a boat ramp and outdoor lighting. A popular spot for water skiing and boating, which are regulated by a town ordinance and posted at the access. The access and parking area are blacktopped with a port-a-pier. The facility also has a toilet building. The lake is best known for walleye and northern pike, but also contains large mouth bass, white bass and trout.
  • Boat Ramp: Concrete ramp, 8% slope, >3 ft launch depth, boarding dock.
  • Launch Fee: The daily fee is $5 and the seasonal fee is $20.
  • ADA Accessibility Features: No. Not ADA accessible. The slope to the boarding dock exceeds the maximum allowable for ADA purposes.
  • Restrictions: Rafts, piers, slow-no-wake hours, swimming regulations, boating restrictions, water skiing restrictions, counterclockwise boating. Town of Liberty. See posted at access. Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/pigeon-lake/

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 86 acres
  • Depth: Max 62′, Mean 20′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% muck
  • Shorelength: 1.6 mi
  • Lake Type: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.
  • Lat/Long: 43″ 59′ 22.85″ N / 8T 52′ 11.48″W


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


Fishing

  • Fish present: Largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, rock bass, perch, bluegill.

Regulations

  • View Pigeon lake fishing regulations on DNR website
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: 25/10 Year-Round (as of 4/1/2016). 25 panfish may be kept, but no more than 10 of any one species (all year). No minimum length limit.
      Panfish fact sheet
    • Catfish: Daily bag limit 10; no min length.
  • Open 5/1/2021-3/6/2022:
    • 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

DNR Species Summary (2014):
Number of fish caught for the following length categories (mm):
species Total Caught Average Length (mm)
Black Crappie  8  255
Bluegill  155  145
Green Sunfish  10  137
Largemouth Bass  25  373
Northern Pike  24  567
Pumpkin Sunfish  9  121
Rock Bass  174  169
Walleye  39  482
Yellow Perch  100  185

Survey Date: April 2014/Gear: Electrofishing

 

 

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2019 WALLEYE ROCK-FOX SMALL FINGERLING 5,033 1.80
2017 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 2,788  1.70
2015 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,333  1.70
2013 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 2,995  2.00
2011 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,306  1.90
2009 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,000  1.80
2005 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,835  1.40
View more history

 


Condition: GOOD (2020) Source 

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 48/Mesotrophic 
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 7.38 ft (SE Georegion average 6.5 ft.)
    Typically the summer (July-Aug) water was reported as MURKY and GREEN. This suggests that the secchi depth may be mostly impacted by algae. Algal blooms are generally considered to decrease the aesthetic appeal of a lake because people prefer clearer water to swim in and look at. Algae are always present in a balanced lake ecosystem. They are the photosynthetic basis of the food web. Algae are eaten by zooplankton, which are in turn eaten by fish. 
    a graph showing lake clarity readings under 15 since 1996
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 10.2 µg/l (SE Georegion average of 21.7 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 20.3 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): 52/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

 


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: June 23, 2021 — 8:47 am

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  1. There use to be a tavern on pigeon lake in the 1970s and a public swimming area was just wondering what the name of the tavern and if there are any public pictures of this place. (Pigeon lake Manitowoc county)

    Thank you

    Miss Brenda Meyer

    1. Thanks for asking, Brenda. We’ll refer your question to our Pigeon Lake director but in the meantime, you might ask Joe Kazda (joe@manitowoctavernhistory.org) who is the local expert on tavern history in Manitowoc or the Manitowoc County Historical Society (INFO@MANITOWOCCOUNTYHISTORY.ORG). Both of those sources also have facebook pages, which is sometimes quicker if you need immediate answers.

    2. Our Pigeon Lake Director says “Sis & Dave’s.” Hope this helps!

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