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Tuma Lake News
The September 2018 MCLA meeting featured guest speakers Pete Tarnowski, Senior Planner Manitowoc County Planning & Zoning Department and Reed Gaedtke, Code Administrator.
Click on the maps to enlarge. Bathymetric Map 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: Harpt Lake Road, Town of Gibson. Take Interstate 43 North from Manitowoc to STH 147, East on STH 147 approximately 3 miles to Harpt Lake Road. North on Harpt Lake Road 1 mile to Tuma Lake Road. West on Tuma Lake road .25 miles to landing.
Accessibility: 44.28486540, -87.73353380
Surface Area: 15 acres
Shorelength: .6 mi
Depth: Max 36′, Mean 11′
Bottom: 0% sand, 0% gravel, 0% rock, 99% muck
Type of Lake: Seepage
Restrictions: Use of motors, except for 1 hp electric motors, is prohibited. Read the Wisconsin handbook
Recreational Features: The public access has parking space for 4 car/trailer units. This lake provides good walleye fishing, as well as bass, bluegill, perch, and northern pike.
Manitowoc County Map and Photos:
Aquatic Invasive Species Threats:
Verified: Eurasian Water-Milfoil (1993), Banded Mystery Snail (2014).
- Fish present: Panfish, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike are common.
- Management: N/A
- View complete Tuma 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: No length limit. Limit 5.
- 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.
DNR Fishing Survey Report: 2015 DNR Tuma Lake Fish Survey Report
DNR Fish Stocking Data:
|DNR Fish Stocking Data|
|Year||Species||Strain||Age Class||Number Stocked||Average Length (inches)|
|2014||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||340||3.20|
|2013||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||345||2.11|
|2013||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||1,000||2.91|
|2012||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||995||2.69|
|2012||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||700||3.00|
|2011||NORTHERN PIKE||MUD LAKE – MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES||SMALL FINGERLING||1,539||4.23|
|2011||LARGEMOUTH BASS||UNSPECIFIED||LARGE FINGERLING||699||3.00|
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Condition: FAIR (2014 data)
Would you like to volunteer to collect data for this lake? Please contact MCLA.
- Secchi Disk (2014): No data available for 2015-2016. The average summer secchi disk reading (Deep Hole) was 8 feet. Southeast Georegion average = 6.6 feet. Typically, the summer water in 2014 was reported as clear and BEAUTIFUL – could not be nicer.
- Chemistry (2014): No Chlorophyll data available for 2015-2016. The average summer Chlorophyll in 2014 was 5.1 µg/l (compared to a Southeast Georegion summer average of 28.4 µg/l).
- Chemistry (2016): The summer total Phosphorus average in 2016 was 22.7 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) (2016): 52/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
Eutrophic lakes are high in nutrients and contain large populations of plants, algae, and fish, which often grow to nuisance levels, and the fish species are generally tolerant of warm temperatures and low oxygen conditions. Phosphorus can fuel algae blooms. 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.
Based on Wisconsin DNR data from 5 volunteer readings taken on different days in July-Aug 2014 and volunteer and paid private readings on 2 days in March and August, 2016.