Fish and Aquatic Life
Fisher Flowage is a very soft water drained lake (impoundment) having slightly acid, light brown water of low transparency. The immediate shoreline is upland hardwood (60 percent), with the remainder being wetland of shrub and marsh. The littoral materials are muck (98 percent), and gravel (2 percent). The lake supports a moderate growth of submergent aquatic vegetation. Fish information is lacking, however, forage fish may be present. A water control structure having a 5 foot head maintains this flowage. The outlet flows to Teal Flowage, a part of the Little Eau Pleine River watershed. This flowage is managed by DNR for waterfowl. It is part of a complex of flowages within the George Mead Wildlife Area. Public access of the wilderness type is available from a walking trail. The entire shoreline is owned by the Department of Natural Resources.
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Marathon County Fisher Flowage, T26N, R5E, Section 14 Surface Acres = 30.0, Maximum Depth = 9 feet, Secchi Disk = 2 feet
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
|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|
|1417800||Fisher Flowage||10003606||Fisher Flowage||7/27/1999||8/25/2016||Map||Data|
Fisher Flowage is located in the Little Eau Pleine River watershed which is 263.30 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (39%), wetland (23%) and a mix of forest (18%) and other uses (20.00%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 38,285.37 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.