Tichigan Lake, Racine County

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TODAY @ 5:22 PM
Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

The Village Board voted 6 to 1 to oppose WWMD's proposed drawdown of Tichigan Proper.

The above said, WWMD still plans to move forward if they have the votes internally. 

I spoke with David Craig's office today and will be forwarding their office The Town's resolution to oppose, the Village's resolution to oppose, South Eastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission's resolution to oppose, and the DNR's fishery report noting the risk to the fishery during a drawdown. 

If the WWMD gets their way the water level will be lowered by 5 feet beginning in October for a period of 6 to 7 months, the waterway will be unusable for fishing, boating, hunting, or any other use. 

There are a number of us who are taking a boots on the ground approach - hopefully we can make a difference. 

Edited on 4/25/17 5:22 PM
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4/24/17 @ 5:22 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
MEMBER since 12/18/07

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Made it out yesterday with a bud and tried about 1/2 dozen spots before we found some active fish.  Interesting year, the pannies were not where we thought they'd be.  We found active fish in a shallow back-bay.  We were fishing in around 2 feet of water with waxies and ice-fishing jigs under a bobber.  We threw back some bigger male bulls and each kept around (10) 7 to 8 inchers for fish fry.  Also caught a stray kitty on an 1/8 jig.  That was a hoot on the Gill rod.

In regards to WWMD's drawdown proposal, it is shortsighted at best.  I made a public records request for a report completed by the DNR.  The DNR noted that given the lack of sufficient overwintering depths present during the proposed drawdown, we can reasonably expect a marked decrease in fish abundance in the Waterford Impoundment.  It also notes that a downstream fall migration of fish can be expected. 

What makes the proposal especially shortsighted is that they are targeting a weed (Eurasian Milfoil) that WWMD currently only treats 85 acres of the 1,100 acre waterway (around 7%).  Also interesting is that to achieve the desired results, a sustained deep winter freeze is required.  If a mild winter coincides with the drawdown it will not harm the invasive weed that they are targeting.  The gain is minimal and the risks are huge. 

The Town of Waterford unanimously Opposed the drawdown on 4.12.2017 for the following reasons: 1. Impairment and usage of the waterway 2. Economic impact to local businesses both during the drawdown and after 3. Diminish value of real estate to be purchased and/or sold 4. Death of fish and native life forms (per DNR fish sampling) 5. Weed growth is minimal, and there’s no guarantee that a drawdown will do anything 6. Impact to communities to the North.

I plan to speak to the Village Board this evening in hopes that they will oppose the drawdown as well. 

Lastly, South Eastern Fox River Commission opposes a drawdown citing long lasting negative impact on the fishery. 





 

Edited on 4/24/17 8:16 PM
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Tichigan Lake, Racine County Photo
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4/22/17 @ 4:41 PM
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Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

Fished both lake and river spots for panfish.  Found a couple small crappie. No concentrations.  Fewer gills around.  Maybe an afternoon trip would be more productive, as morning was colddddd!

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4/22/17 @ 1:37 PM
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cousincarmody
cousincarmody
USER since 2/9/10

MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

Went out for a short time this morning and could not find the crappie. One other boat out and they weren't having much luck either from the looks of it.

FYI - The WWMD board will be voting on whether or not to do a draw down next year at their meeting on April 27th at 7:00 PM. 

The draw down is meant to target invasive weeds that only affect 85 acres (7.5%) of the waterway but there are serious concerns about the effect that this will have on the fishery. 

This is a reckless move considering all of the work that so many have put in over the years to make this a better fishery.

If you are able to attend the meeting, please do. Unfortunately, I'll be out of town or I would be there. 


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4/17/17 @ 10:52 AM
Badwolf
Badwolf
USER since 6/13/07

Fish4gills,

Try night fishing with a floating fishing light.  Use a lighted bobber with a minnow about 10' from your light.

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4/15/17 @ 8:00 AM
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cycleguy
cycleguy
USER since 2/8/05

MOON PHASE (83%)
Waning Gibbous

Gillkicker….. sounds like a perfect day, nice post!

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4/14/17 @ 11:40 PM
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Gillkicker
Gillkicker
USER since 12/20/15

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

Gills are bunching up in the shallows and right under the docks.  Nothing too big but what a day!  Worked till 12:00 went east for a chrome steelie, picked up my kid from a B-day party and went west for a quick couple of casts and some good bluegill action (near Elm Island). Headed north and scored on a St. James-Good Friday fish fry before making it home at 6:30!  What a blessed life we have to be able to communicate our good fortune with the many friends I've made around 'Tich and through Lake-link.  Happy Easter and tight lines.

Gillkicker

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4/12/17 @ 5:17 PM
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Fish4gills4eva
Fish4gills4eva
USER since 4/12/17

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

Need help for channel cats on tichigan lake. Went out 5 hours using stink liver night crawlers and dead shads where are the cats in lake launched at tichigan wild life launch 

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4/9/17 @ 11:00 PM
take em 26
take em 26
USER since 12/29/09

I know it makes me sick how ignorant people can be. Also to fish in the wide open where everyone can see you takes ba!! $. I had a pissing match with someone else  like 5 years ago. He was proud of posting pictures of nice bass a month before season opened. As a grown man there is no excuse for being lazy and not reading the regulations. I love this lake and i have been fishing and hunting it for over 20 years. I mostly fish bass and hate to see  people that abuse a body of water that we respect and love. Good luck guys and be safe! Ok im done

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4/9/17 @ 9:01 PM
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cousincarmody
cousincarmody
USER since 2/9/10

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

Only fished for an hour today, my wife landed a slab crappie and son landed an unintentional LM. Crappie minnows and slip bobbers. Thanks, Take Em. It's pretty disappointing that people don't bother to read the regs.

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