Lake Mason Management District
By: Pam Klein
Welcome to the Lake Mason Management District Newsletter. In order to promote better communication that is accurate and timely, please refer to this “LIVE” Google Document for lake information, events and happenings. In addition, please refer to the online
locations below for information.
- Facebook Pages: Lake Mason Management District & Friends of Lake Mason
Lake Mason Information, Events & Happenings
- Week of April 15th, 2019: Commercial Carp Fisherman from NYC have come to remove Carp and Shad from Lake Mason. As of April 16th, 4:00pm, 14,320 pounds of Carp had been removed. The fisherman were doing one more sweep to try and get 15,000 pounds. In addition, there are photos of our visiting Pelicans. To see pictures Click Here.
- February 28th, 2019: Pam Klein received information from Sally Danke regarding this year’s Fourth of July Boat Parade. Anyone wishing to be a part of the parade, here is the information:
- The Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th, 2019.
- Please meet by the Lyons Landing at 11:45.
- Look for the boat with the lime green flag.
- Anyone can participate. Please do not feel that you have to decorate your boat!
- We are hoping to break our 30 boat record this year.
- February 8th, 2019: Pam Klein contacted Roy S Zellmer from the DNR regarding some concerns involving boat speed in ‘The Cove’ area of the lake. Here was his reply:
- I want to let you know I have met with parties involved regarding the problem of boats exceeding slow no wake speed on Lake Mason as they enter and exit the “cove” area. I believe we have a solid plan going forward. They will be contacting the Township and involve them in making the entire “cove” area slow no wake. If you have any questions please feel free to call me. Roy Zellmer
- January 15th, 2019: Pam Klein emailed Jennifer Bergman regarding the upcoming spring fish survey as a result of some questions from Lake Mason users.
- Jennifer Bergman, DNR replied:
- We plan on conducting a fisheries survey on Mason Lake in the spring. The survey is electrofishing at night and the target species are largemouth bass and panfish.
- I have not heard how fishing has been. One person called me asking if the fish were safe to eat, basically asking about the crappie sarcoma. He heard rumors that all the fish were not safe to eat, which is not true. I think you have the crappie sarcoma information sheet from the DNR on the District webpage. The gentlemen mentioned at that time ice conditions were not great, so he hadn’t been out ice fishing. He also heard a rumor that the DNR plans to poison the lake and that rumor is not true.
- Molly Detjens, DNR Warden replied:
- I have heard that the ice is approximately 8 inches thick in most places on Mason Lake. There are many people who are driving ATV’s and snowmobiles on the lake right now but no automobiles. As far as fishing goes I have been hearing it has been slow out there. However due to the odd weather and ice conditions, fishing has been slow across majority of the state this season. I have checked people leaving the ice with fish and the fish I have seen appear to be healthy. Over the weekend I even saw some crappies and did not see any sarcoma on them.
- October 29th, 2018: Dave Ditter emailed Pam Klein with information on current events and happenings at Lake Mason.
- Mason Station and Foxy's are officially part of the district. Paperwork was taken to both county register of deeds and had them included into the district. Dave Ditter spoke with both owners and welcomed them aboard. Dave still needs to get paperwork to DOR and both townships.
- The winter buoys are completed and the extras buoys and anchors purchased and are ready to be installed. That should happen sometime this week. LMMD got the paperwork back and are now officially able to have 32 buoys in the lake for summertime and winter.
- Dave Ditter - “One of our members contacted me and said he thought the DNR was shocking fish a couple of weeks ago. I contacted our lake specialist and she confirmed that they did indeed shock for fish,carp being the target fish. When I asked if there was a lot of carp, she said Yes. I plan on contacting the fish removal guy and see if they were planning on this fall or maybe the springtime. If it is the springtime, I would like to make it an item to discuss at our next meeting, including possibly paying for removing shad at that time.”
- September 25th, 2018: Molly Detjens, DNR Game Warden, emailed with Pam Klein to report on her visit that day to Lake Mason. She witnessed several people catching healthy fish.
- September 25th, 2018: Jennifer Bergman, DNR Fisheries Biologist emailed Pam Klein with the following report:
- I was contacted by a couple people about their poor fishing experience this summer with the panfish. It’s hard to believe that all the fish would disappear after a good winter and spring fishing season and the last fish survey in 2017 showed a good fishery. One of the individuals mentioned a fish kill, that fish kill was never reported to the Department and therefore never investigated. I responded to other fish kills in Adams County during the spring of 2018 and cause was columnaris and the severity of those fish kills was not significant. We need to investigate fish kills as soon as possible to determine the severity and collect samples to determine cause. We will be surveying Mason Lake today so your email is timely, but the purpose is for estimating the abundance of common carp. I will let you know what we observe regarding other fish species. A panfish and bass survey won’t happen until spring, we use standardized statewide protocols to assess fish populations. We normally don’t survey using electrofishing during the day, so we may not see much today. The purpose of this survey is carp and we are using a protocol from a study completed in Minnesota.
- I was surveying a lake at night a couple weeks ago to look at walleye spawning success. A shoreline property owner, avid angler, stopped us to ask questions and said he was concerned that all the bluegills were gone. We saw a lot of bluegills during that survey. There are many variables that impact fishing experience.
- If there is a fish kill in the future, here is our webpage with steps of what to do . I recommend contacting both me and the DNR Tip line. If I am away from the office, a warden will respond. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/fishhealth/FishKillWhattoDo.html
- On Wednesday, we did an electrofishing survey targeting carp. We did see a lot of juvenile bluegill and yellow perch, an occasional larger fish too. We also observed a lot of nice largemouth bass, juvenile largemouth bass and some nice northern pike. Gizzard shad juveniles were common and we caught some carp. Again, this survey cannot be used to assess the status of the gamefish and panfish populations. We plan to complete a 2019 spring electrofishing survey to assess bass and panfish.
- On 9/22/18: 400 Northern Pike were released into Lake Mason from the location of the north boat ramp off Golden Drive. The fish, averaging 9 to
15 inches in length (some longer) were in excellent condition and not a single one came up dead or with any evidence of stress after the release.
The driver from Gollon Fish Farms was named Jeff. He tested the water temperature to make certain it was equivalent with the temperature of the water in the tank truck before the fish were released. LMMD Chair, Dave Ditter, and Board Member, James Brancel, were present as were the owners on The Cove restaurant, John and "Sam" Sage. LMMD member, Michael Breitung, also observed.