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Shoe Lake, April 2015
Shoe Lake, April 2015
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: Shoe Lake Rd., Schleswig. Take WI-42 S from Manitowoc to left on Lax Chapel Rd in Schleswig to right on Shoe Lake Rd.

Accessibility: 43° 56′ 43.12″ N / 87″ 59′ 12.59″W

Surface Area: 9 acres

Shorelength: 0.6 miles

Depth: Max: 34′, Mean 22′

Bottom: 0% sand, 25% gravel, 0% rock, 75% muck

Type of Lake: Seepage

Restrictions: Motorboating is prohibited; but, the lake, surrounded with dense forest growth, is a perfect place for rowboating and canoeing. Ski jumps, Littering, Noise Levels, Slow-No-Wake Areas, Slow-No-Wake Hours, Motorboat Prohibition, Swimming Regulations, Rafts, Piers, Water Skiing Restrictions. Town of Schleswig. Read the Wisconsin handbook

Recreational Features:  The public access has 105 feet of frontage and can accommodate 15 car/trailer units. A port-a-pier was recently added to make lake access much easier. A picturesque lake with very little shoreline development.

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


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:

Verified: Eurasian Water-Milfoil (2012), Hybrid Eurasian / Northern Water-Milfoil (2012)


Fishing Regulations:

  • Fish present: Big bluegill, large mouth bass and an occasional northern pike. Green sunfish, pumpkinseed, black crappie, suckers and bullhead also abound here.
  • Management: N/A.
  • View complete Shoe Lake regulations at DNR
  • Open All Year
    • Panfish: Daily bag limit 25. No min length.
    • 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.

Shoe isn’t a bad-looking lake, but it’s far from being a hotbed of angling activity. The lake is subject to winterkill, and as a consequence isn’t fished much. You can find some keeper-size bluegills, and “a few nice crappies,” but there isn’t much else in the lake.

—Kiel Bait & Gun, 1148 6th St., Kiel, WI 53042, (920) 894-3836


Fish Stocking:

DNR Fish Stocking Data: No record of fish stocking
DNR Fishing Survey Report: No report on file.

DNR Species Summary (2007):
Number of fish caught for the following length categories (inches):
species 0-5 6-8 9-11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 >29 Total
Black Crappie 4 4
Bluegill 12 8 20
Largemouth Bass 9 21 8 2 2 42
Pumpkin Sunfish 1 1
Yellow Perch 3 3

Survey Date: 05-31-2007/Gear: Electrofishing


Condition: GOOD (2015 data)

  • Good (2015). Source: Wisconsin DNR.
  • Secchi Disk (2015): The average summer (July-Aug) secchi disk reading (Deep Hole) was 7 feet. Southeast Georegion average = 7.1 feet. Typically, the summer water was reported as CLEAR and BLUE.* 
  • Chemistry (2015): Not available.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI) (2015): 49/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. Mesotrophic lakes are characterized by moderately clear water, but have a increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.

View this graph on the DNR website

Condition based on Wisconsin DNR data from 3 readings taken on different days in April-July 2015.


 

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: April 26, 2017 — 12:52 pm

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