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Pigeon Lake in Bloom, 2012
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.  


Location/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.

Accessibility: 43″ 59′ 22.85″ N / 8T 52′ 11.48″W

Surface Area: 86 acres

Shorelength: 1.6 mi

Depth: Max 62′, Mean 20′

Bottom: 0% sand, 15% gravel, 0% rock, 85% 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.

Restrictions: Rafts, piers, slow-no-wake hours, swimming regulations, boating restrictions, water skiing restrictions. Town of Liberty. See posted at access and read the Wisconsin handbook

Recreational Features: The public access at Pigeon Lake has parking space for 10 car/trailer units, a concrete boat ramp and outdoor lighting to assist in boat launching during the hours of darkness. The 77-acre lake is 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 for easier access to the lake. 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.

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


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified: Banded Mystery Snail (2008), Curly-Leaf Pondweed (2005), Eurasian Water-Milfoil (1994), Zebra Mussel (2007)


Fishing Regulations:

  • Fish present: Walleye, northern pike, large mouth bass, white bass, trout.
  • Management: Bass, Panfish.
  • View complete Pigeon lake regulations at DNR
  • 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 5/6/2017-3/4/2018:
    • 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.

Though it’s not known as trophy water, Pigeon Lake produces some decent walleyes. You can still catch some nice walleyes with live bait around the mid-lake hump on the north end and off the bar at mid- lake on the west side. The steeply dropping east shore, too, deserves a look. You’ll also find some fair-sized largemouth bass in the weeds, along with small panfish.

—Kiel Bait & Gun, 1148 6th St., Kiel, WI 53014, (920) 894-3836. 


Fish Stocking:

DNR Fishing Survey: View the most recent report 2014

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

 

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

 


Condition: GOOD

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 43/Mesotrophic (Source: Wisconsin DNR)
  • Secchi Disk (2016): Average summer reading = 9 ft. SE Georegion average = 6.8 ft.
  • Chemistry (2015) (2016 data not available): The average summer Chlorophyll was 3.4 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 25 µg/l). The summer Total Phosphorus average was 16.1 µg/l. Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l and impoundments that have more than 30 µg/l of total phosphorus may experience noticable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI) (2016): 45/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.

Based on Wisconsin DNR data from 10 readings taken on different days in March-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.  

 Other documents of interest:

Updated: April 25, 2017 — 11:23 pm

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