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Wilke Lake News

Wilke 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: Tom Payne


Wilke Lake Sanitary District recently had Stantec Consulting Services Inc. complete a Comprehensive Lake Management Plan. The plan is available below. Any questions may be directed to Scott Umland at mcla.email@gmail.com.

Wilke_Lake_Management_Plan.pdf


Directions: County Highway JJ, Town of Schleswig. Take Highway 151 West from Manitowoc to CTH A, South on CTH A approximately 4.5 miles to Ucker Point Creek Road. Travel west on Ucker Point Creek Road 2 miles to Wilke Lake Road. Travel North to the Boat Landing.


About Wilke Lake

Lake Health

Recreation

  • Features: The public access has parking space for 6-10 car/trailer units and a turn-around area. There is a picnic area with grills, a boat ramp, port-a-pier, lighting, and a toilet building. No potable water.
  • Boat Ramp: Paved ramp, 7% 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. Ramp exceeds allowable slope.
  • Restrictions: Motor boats are allowed. Operating restrictions on motorboats and water skiing are posted. Ordinance regulating littering, motorboat prohibition, noise levels, rafts, piers, ski jumps, slow-no-wake areas, slow-no-wake hours, swimming regulations, water skiing restrictions. Town of Schleswig |  Wisconsin boating handbook
  • Manitowoc County Map and Photos: http://www.co.manitowoc.wi.us/departments/parks/lake-access/wilke-lake/

Statistics

  • Surface Area: 93 acres
  • Depth: Max 21′, Mean 9′
  • Bottom: 0% sand, 60% gravel, 0% rock, 40% muck
  • Shorelength: 1.7 mi
  • Lake Type: Deep Seepage. Deep Seepage lakes stratify, or form separate layers of water, during the summer months and have no inlet or outlet.
  • Lat/Long: 43° 57′ 59.45″ N / 87° 57′ 43.85″ W

Neither MCLA, the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources, nor any of its employees shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein, and they assume no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information.


Aquatic Invasive Species Threats


Fishing

  • Fish present: Abundant bluegill. Largemouth bass, northern pike, perch and stocked walleye present.

Regulations

  • View Wilke 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 5/1/2021-3/6/2022:
    • 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 AdvisoryGeneral Manitowoc County/Mercury. Click here.

Stocking and DNR Surveys

Frequency of Fish Captured (2018):
Number of fish caught for the following length categories (inches):
species 0-4″ 4-6″ 6-8″ 8-10″ 10-12″ 12-16″ 16-18″ 18-24″ Ave. length Total
Black Crappie 1 10 2  9.1” 13
Bluegill 133 88 79 1  4.5” 301
Largemouth Bass 1 4 10 19 5 2  11.8” 41
Northern Pike 2 2 14  19.1” 18
Pumpkinseed 8 14 31 10  6.2” 63
Hybrid Sunfish 1 4 2 3  6.1” 10
Yellow Perch 15 60  4.3” 75
Yellow Bullhead 2 8 5  11.3” 15

 

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
Black Crappie  4 4 8
Bluegill 211 7 218
Largemouth Bass 2 1 3 28 6 40
Northern Pike 3 3 6
Pumpkin Sunfish 9 1 10
Walleye  1  1 2
Yellow Perch 101 101

Survey Date: 05-18-2010/Gear: Electrofishing

DNR Fish Stocking Data
Year Species Strain Age Class Number Stocked Average Length (inches)
2019 WALLEYE ROCK-FOX SMALL FINGERLING 6,006 1.80
2017 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 3,239 1.7
2016* WALLEYE SMALL FINGERLING 397
2015 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 3,752 1.7
2013 WALLEYE MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS SMALL FINGERLING 2,340 2.00
2011 WALLEYE LAKE MICHIGAN SMALL FINGERLING 2,570 1.90

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*Stocked with permit by Wilke Lake Association

 


Condition: GOOD (2020) Source

  • 5-Year Average Trophic State: 51/Eutrophic
  • Secchi Disk: Average summer reading 6.5 ft. (SE Georegion average 6.5 ft.)
    a graph of water clarity readings in single digits since 2009
  • Chemistry:
    Average summer Chlorophyll 8 µg/l (SE Georegion average 21.7 µg/l).
    Average summer Total Phosphorus 23 µg/l. 
    Lakes that have more than 20 µg/l total phosphorus may experience noticeable algae blooms.
  • Trophic State Index (TSI): 51/Eutrophic. What does this mean?
    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. 


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: June 23, 2021 — 10:09 am

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