Fish and Aquatic Life
Dodge Lake, T19N, R10W, S14
Surface Acres = 1.4, S.D.F. = 5.72, Maximum Depth = 10 feet
Dodge Lake is a hard water, seepage lake formed from an old oxbow of the Trempealeau River. The water is clear, alkaline, and has a low transparency. Winterkill is a major problem and fish kills occur quite regularly. Fish species stocked from time to time have included northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, pumpkinseed, and bullhead. The Dodge Sportsmen's Club has developed land owned by them at the lake into a parklike area and public use has not been restricted. Muskrat are significant. Mallard, teal, and wood ducks nest at this lake and puddle ducks use it while migrating.
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Trempealeau County
Author Aquatic Biologist
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
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Dodge Lake is located in the Lower Trempealeau River watershed which is 177.10 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (41.50%), agricultural (26.70%) and a mix of wetland (13.70%) and other uses (18.20%). This watershed has 332.55 stream miles, 4,667.44 lake acres and 13,986.78 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.