Fish and Aquatic Life
Irogami Lake, in the Pine and Willow Rivers Watershed, is a 289.97 acre lake that falls in Waushara County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Waushara County Fish Lake, (Near Wautoma), T18N, R11E, Sections 31, 32, 5, 6 Surface Acres = 288.5, S.D.F. = 1.19, Maximum Depth = 5 feet.
Fish Lake is the second largest lake in Waushara County. For its size it is very shallow with an average depth of two and one-half feet. About 75 percent of the lake is less that three feet deep. The lake basin is quite regular and is characterized by gradual slopes along the shoreline except in a small area along the northwest shore. The littoral bottom materials consist of sand and muck. A water control structure near the outlet consists of a steel plate one foot high. Under normal conditions, the outlet is intermittent, coursing to the south for a short distance before it enters Silver Lake. Fish Lake is subject to water level fluctuations ranging up to two feet. This lake does not stratify during the summer and is subject to periodic winterkill. Northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, bluegills, rock bass, pumpkinseed, and black bullhead are the most common fish species found in the lake. The nature of the basin and adjoining wetlands make the area attractive to numerous puddle ducks (mallards and bluewing teal) during spring and fall migrations. The lake is a popular waterfowl hunting area. With increased shore activity and continuous cottage development hunting opportunities are declining. Access is available from two town roads. However, little parking is available. One hundred feet of frontage is present at both sites. Access accommodations may have to be expanded in the near future. Fifty-four cottages are present along the shoreline. When winterkill is imminent the lake is opened to dip netting. The shallow depth causes a weed problem that interferes with recreational boating.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Irogami Lake (103900) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was also assessed for chlorides and sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM chronic and acute listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting these designated uses and is not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10014853||Irogami Lake E||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10030909||Irogami Lake -- Chicago Avenue Boat Ramp||1/1/1931||9/26/2018||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10014854||Irogami Lake 1a||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10019671||Irogami Lake -- Access At S Side Of Lake Off Irogami Trail||6/9/2009||6/27/2020||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10014852||Irogami Lake 7||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||703017||Irogami Lake (Fish) - Deep Hole||3/2/1976||4/19/2021||Map||Data|
|103900||Irogami Lake||10007398||Irogami Lake||11/1/1994||6/27/2020||Map||Data|
Irogami Lake is located in the Pine and Willow Rivers watershed which is 302.08 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (34.40%), agricultural (27.80%) and a mix of wetland (19.20%) and other uses (18.70%). This watershed has 377.48 stream miles, 11,273.01 lake acres and 33,136.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.