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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: Bill Braam

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: March 23, 2020 — 12:40 pm

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