Fish and Aquatic Life
Hogers Bayou (Martin), in the Fox River Watershed, is a 51.14 acre lake that falls in Winnebago County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1975, Surface Water Resources of Winnebago County
Hoger's Bayou, T18N, R13R, S12 (12, 15)
Area = 50.5 acres, Depth = 4 feet, Secchi Disk = 1 foot
Hoger's Bayou is a very turbid, hard water bayou located
adjacent to the Fox River just west of Omro. Water levels are
directly dependent on levels of the Fox. It has a navigable
outlet to the Fox River and a navigable inlet from the Lake 14-4.
The major bottom material is muck. Most of the shoreline is an
open cattail marsh with a small portion of hardwood upland and a
farmyard also present. Carp spawning and feeding activity keep
the water turbid throughout most of the year. In addition to
carp, natural water level fluctuation and dense growths of
aquatic vegetation limit recreational use. This bayou provides
fair largemouth bass fishing and it may provide habitat for
spawning walleyes. Any species of fish found in the Fox River
can be expected to be found in this water, at least seasonally.
Development consist of only one small resort offering three
cabins, boats, and a boat launching ramp (fee charged). There is
no public access other than navigable water access from the Fox
River. Muskrats and migrating waterfowl are principal game
species present. A few puddle ducks nest in the 570 acres of
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|140500||Hogers Bayou||10007488||Hogers Bayou||9/8/2000||7/9/2001||Map||Data|
Hogers Bayou is located in the Fox River watershed which is 119.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57.60%), wetland (18.40%) and a mix of grassland (13.90%) and other uses (10.10%). This watershed has 236.73 stream miles, 3,102.34 lake acres and 13,826.50 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.