Fish and Aquatic Life
Bass Lake, in the Walla Walla and Alder Creeks Watershed, is a 18.68 acre lake that falls in Waupaca County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Bass Lake is a clear hard water lake located about five miles south of Waupaca. A two-foot dam located on an intermittent outlet to Spencer Lake helps maintain water levels. Seepage is the major water source. Muck is the predominate littoral bottom material; a small amount of sand is also present. Perch, bluegills, black crappie and rainbow trout are the most common fish present in lesser quantities. Slow-growing panfish handicap management. The lake has twice been treated with fish toxicants; once in 1960 to remove carp and redhorse and again in 1965 to reduce the panfish population. There is limited use by waterfowl and aquatic furbearers. Hunting is not allowed. Fifteen cottages are located along the shore. Access is available from an improved boat landing located on the south side of the lake. Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Waupaca County Bass Lake, T21N, R12N, Sections 13, 14, Surface Acres = 18.7; S.D.F. = 1.22; Maximum Depth = 35 feet
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|255300||Bass Lake||693045||Bass Lake (T21r11es13) - Deep Spot||Map||Data|
|255300||Bass Lake||693177||Bass Lake - North End - Site 2||5/23/1991||8/5/2000||Map||Data|
|255300||Bass Lake||10019593||Bass Lake -- Access at North Side Of Lake||Map||Data|
|255300||Bass Lake||693178||Bass Lake - Deep Hole - South End - Site 1||7/20/1996||8/5/2000||Map||Data|
|255300||Bass Lake||10007309||Bass Lake (Near Spencer Lake)||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
Bass Lake is located in the Walla Walla and Alder Creeks watershed which is 112.09 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (31.30%), wetland (22.90%) and a mix of forest (20.60%) and other uses (25.30%). This watershed has 172.60 stream miles, 7,232.18 lake acres and 16,571.69 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.