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Spring Lake News

Spring 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.  

MCLA Lake Director: – – 

Directions: Spring Lake Road, Town Meeme. Take Highway 42 South from Manitowoc, West on County Highway F approximately 3.5 miles to Spring Lake Road. Travel South on Spring Lake Road approximately .5 miles Driveway to the West.


About Spring Lake

Lake Health

  • Condition: Good/Mesotrophic read more (some 2019 data not available)

Recreation

  • Features: Parking spaces for 8 car/trailer units is provided at the lake access. Several years ago, a combination launch and fishing pier was installed.
  • Boat Ramp: Paved ramp, 6% 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 transition to the boarding dock is not ADA accessible (August/2011)
  • Restrictions: Electric motors only, Slow-No-Wake Areas.
    Town of Meeme ordinance | Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
    http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/spring-lake/

Statistics

  • Lat/Long: 43° 58′ 11.84″N / 87″ 53′ 40.89″W
  • Surface Area: 9 acres
  • Shorelength: .5 mi
  • Depth: Max 24′, Mean 11′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 0% gravel, 0% rock, 99% muck
  • Type of Lake: Seepage


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


Fishing

  • Fish present: Largemouth bass and bluegill common. Panfish present.

Regulations

  • View Spring 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

DNR Species Summary (2010):
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
Largemouth Bass 5 2 19 4 30
Northern Pike  1 1

Survey Date: 05-17-2010/Gear: Electrofishing

 

DNR Species Summary (2019):
Number of fish caught by species:
species Number Ave. Length Length range
Northern Pike 4 22.2″

18.6- 29.4″

Largemouth Bass 47 11.9″

6.5-16.9″

Green Sunfish 4 4.9″

4.8-5.0″

Pumpkinseed Sunfish 1 6.0″

6.0″

Bluegill 136 4.4″

2.7- 8.1″

Black Crappie 6 8.1″

6.6- 12.0″

Yellow Perch 3 4.4″

2.8- 5.0″

Brown Bullhead 12 9.7″

9.0- 11.2″

Survey Date: 05-22-2019/Gear: Electrofishing

   

Conclusions from Spring 2019 Survey

  • Largemouth Bass is the dominant gamefish; the number caught was greater than previous surveys; average length was smaller.
  • 11 Northern Pike were captured in 2019. It is likely that limited spawning habitat is responsible for the low number.
  • Panfish continue to dominate the fish community of the lake.
  • Bluegill present in good number; average length at age indicates that they continue to exhibit slow growth.
  • Yellow Perch number continued to be low. Possible reasons for the lack of Perch include poor recruitment, over-harvest or that the perch were suspended in deeper water that we did not survey.
  • It is recommended that Spring Lake remain on the lake survey rotation.
  • Recommendations from the current Panfish Study once completed should be considered to improve the size structure of Bluegill in Spring Lake.

 

  • No record of DNR Stocking since 1975


Condition: GOOD (2019) Source (some 2019 data not available)

  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 11.5 ft. (2018—SE Georegion average 7.4 ft.)
    Typically, the summer water was reported as CLEAR and BROWNThis suggests that the Secchi depth may have been mostly impacted by tannins, stain from decaying matter. Tannins are natural and not a result of pollution. 

  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 3.6 µg/l (SE Georegion average 32.8 µg/l.) (2019)
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 16.7 µg/l. (2019)
    Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI): 45/Mesotrophic. What does this mean?
    Mesotrophic lakes are characterized by moderately clear water, but have an increasing chance of low dissolved oxygen in deep water during the summer.


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: September 2, 2020 — 7:23 am

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  1. We have property on Spring Lake and Love the area!
    Concerns of ours and other on the lake that the weeds are spreading and growing more each year. Is there something that can be done to kill the weeds?? Very difficult when fishing constantly getting snagged in weeds. They are also unsightly and a mess.
    Also, at the boat landing the large board with information and cleaning supplies is great but the only thing left of the equipment is the sprayer and has not been working, so no one is spraying their boats. Not sure who is responsible for checking the spray tank but the pump is broke.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi David and Julie,

      Yes, Spring Lake does have a hybrid Eurasian milfoil which is difficult to kill with herbicide due to it being hybridized with the native milfoil that is naturally somewhat resistant to herbicides.

      MCLA had a trained aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitor on Spring Lake until two years ago when he moved. We are currently trying to obtain funding to help train new AIS monitors for the lake. Monitors survey the lake monthly during the summer. 

      The good news is that there is a wide diversity of native aquatic species in Spring Lake, indicating that the lake is still healthy. However, significant rain events in the last two years cause accelerated levels of phosphorus that can enhance plant growth and even native species can become a nuisance. 

      Plant management is a complicated issue and requires a management plan to address your type of concerns. We have copied two of the DNR staff who deal with this type of programming on our County Lakes. 

      Regarding the Boat Cleaning Station: Spring Lake has not had an active Lake Association as many lakes do. Our monitor who moved off the lake had also maintained the bleach station and tools. It appears in his absence no one has picked up on the responsibility to maintain the cleaning station.

      We would love to have representation from Spring Lake at MCLA to help improve dialog. Due to Covid-19 we have not been able to meet in person but we hope to see you and your neighbors when meetings resume.

      In the meantime, please continue to monitor our website for information and links to other resources.

      Tom Ward,
      MCLA President

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