Fish and Aquatic Life
Fishtrap Lake, in the Manitowish River Watershed, is a 339.09 acre lake that falls in Vilas County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1963, Surface Water Resources of Vilas County Fishtrap Lake, T-42-N, R-7-E, Sections 1, 2, 11 and 12,
Fishtrap Lake is one of the more fertile waters of Vilas County. The lake is a drainage lake and has clear, slightly alkaline water of moderate transparency. Both the inlet and outlet streams are freely navigable and the bottom consists mostly of sand, with gravel, and some rock and muck. There is a water control structure at the outlet which does create a fluctuating water problem. The principal species of Fishtrap Lake are the muskellunge, walleye, large and smallmouth bass, and pan fish. Mud pickerel are also common although they are not a desirable species. Public access is possible by means of state landing. There is a navigable water access and also difficult or unimproved access. Public use facilities consist of seven resorts with boat rental facilities and there are several new camp sites nearby. Muskrats are considered to be a significant fur bearer and beaver are known to be present. The lake produces broods of mallard, bluewing teal, wood ducks and hooded merganser. The lake is also used by waterfowl to some extent on the spring and fall migrations. Even with the presence of 24 cottages or dwellings located on or about the shore, this lake is one of great aesthetic beauty.
Area = 329 Surface Acres, Maximum Depth = 41 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Fishtrap Lake (2343200) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and 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|
|2343200||Fishtrap Lake||10006027||Fishtrap Lake||7/27/1999||8/26/2019||Map||Data|
|2343200||Fishtrap Lake||643233||Fishtrap Lake - Deep Hole||7/10/1984||9/20/2022||Map||Data|
Fishtrap Lake is located in the Manitowish River watershed which is 268.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (66.90%), wetland (19.10%) and a mix of open (13.30%) and other uses (0.70%). This watershed has 212.08 stream miles, 22,943.16 lake acres and 33,727.48 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Low for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.