Beaver Dam Lake Management Plan Implementation
A grant has been approved by the DNR to assess the curly leaf pondweed, the invasive species of aquatic plant which covered the majority of the lake in 2015. If the plant reappears this spring the grant will be sued to assess the growth and determine control and monitoring strategies that can be put into action.
A new contract has been let by the DNR for continued commercial fishing of carp in the lake which is a major factor in carp management.
A review and stud of carp barriers to the major bays is also underway as another step in carp management and improvement of game and pan fish habitat.
Development of additional recreational use of the lake with the installation of a kayak dock and launch later this spring at Waterworks Park.
2015 Beaver Dam Lake Fish Survey
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of the fish population in Beaver Dam lake in 2015. The purpose of the survey was to have an assessment of the major components of the lake's fishery community.
Two methods were used: spring fyke netting of northern pike and walleye; and late spring and fall electrofishing for panfish, bass and young-of-the-year walleye. All fish are returned to the lake.
The overall fishery in Beaver Dam Lake is good, especially the panfish. One of the strongest areas was yellow perch. 2015 was a good year for fishing black crappies with expectation for this to continue.
Over the last 2 year BDLIA has stocked over 34,000 bluegills. 235,000 walleye were stocked by WDNR in 2014 and 219,000 in 2016. 65,420 northern were stocked this year by the DNR. BDLIA stocked over 9,000 walleye in 2015.