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Plum Lake, Vilas County

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8/22/19 @ 7:11 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

I inquired with the DNR, here is their response regarding spiny water fleas:

"I did a literature review and have found some information related to your questions. Spiny water fleas are best suited to large, deep, clear water lakes. There was not any evidence I could find in the literature to directly link changes in water clarity due to spiny water flea invasions. Bottom substrate composition does not seem to be related to presence or abundance of spiny water fleas. Spiny water fleas have a negative impact on zooplankton abundance and species diversity. It is theorized that this has a negative impact on smaller fish by direct competition for prey. Juvenile fish and smaller forage fish rely on zooplankton for food and decreasing the availability of that food source could cause a reduction in survival. Although smaller fish have a hard time consuming spiny water fleas as fish grow the utilization of spiny water fleas as a food source increases. Hopefully there is some information in here that you did not previously know. If you would like to learn more about these critters I would recommend accessing google scholar and searching “Bythotrephes”. There you will find peer reviewed scientific research journal articles. Let me know if you have any addition questions."

I'm going to do a bit of poking around on google as well, just thought I'd post what I've learned so far...

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8/20/19 @ 6:09 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

I called the Vilas County Fisheries Biologist to learn more about spiny fleas and their impact on the northwood’s lakes.  

They are currently doing research, and will contact me with their findings. I’ll post them here when I know more.  

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8/17/19 @ 5:53 PM
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Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

Made it out for a few hours this afternoon.  

Targeted Crappies, and found some fish willing to cooperate. 

Found the Crappies in bigger weeedflats around 6 feet deep. Minnows didn’t catch a single fish, small plastics tipped with Gulp fries worked well. 

Caught a few Crappies at every spot I tried, no one spot was hot, couple here, couple there type of thing. Ended the day with around a dozen.   

With spiny fleas, does anyone know if they require mud to survive? From the articles I’ve read, they found the spiny fleas in mucky areas of the lake.  

The overwhelming majority of Plum is sand, gravel, and rock humps, there are only a handful of weedy / mucky areas. 

I’m hoping the sand and gravel may limit reproduction, was just curious if anyone had additional detail. 

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(262) 661-3968
8/16/19 @ 1:57 PM
1up
User since 7/22/06

https://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/invasives/AISByWaterbody.aspx 


dnr data base on all known as yet invasives


8/16/19 @ 12:00 PM
Musky Ben
User since 3/13/02

Hugely disappointing, but not surprising as the AIS syndrome continues its spread of the Northwoods.  When I first heard about Metonga years ago and its boiling soup bowl of AIS (its seems everything has found its way there, probably same fisherman), I knew it was only a matter of time that others would become infected.  Adding Trout to the list was a heartbreaker for me as my love for the big deep clears runs deep!!!  This spring was the first time I put my boat on it as a result of the Spinies.  I dried it for weeks following my friends weeklong stay there.  

Once I found out about Star, knowing its outlet ran to Plum, I was sure it was only a matter of time and as rfb321 points out, its on its way to Big St., Pickeral, the Rainbow and down the WI River as well.  Mr. Hess, I am respectfully hoping and will be intrigued to see if it makes it to Aurora as I believe its outlet runs into Plum rather than the other way around.   Sigh...

And as Mr. Felcohands states many truths in his post...  I am not sure many folks (fisherman or general boaters) know or care what they drag from one lake to another.  I suspect walleye fisherman, maybe even panfisherman can be listed as well as the musky and bass guys as likely suspects to the vector list,  and yes...  many lakes do probably have them, only not discovered yet...

Musky Ben



8/15/19 @ 7:45 PM
Edward Felcohands
User since 2/24/09

Spiny water fleas will end up in every lake in the northwoods that has public access.  They stick to anchor ropes, fishing lines, live wells, bilge etc. . carpet on trailer bunks is also a likely carrier, as that will stay wet for a long time after launching.  And they almost certainly can stick to waterfowl as they move From lake to lake.  Musky and bass anglers, who often hop multiple lakes in a day without ever having their gear dry out, are likely vectors, and it seems like popular trolling lakes allowed the fleas to enter new areas.  They stick to downrigger cable, and may have entered trout and the gile on boats contaminated from Lake Superior.  They are probably a lot more widespread than the DNR currently says they are.

8/15/19 @ 7:09 PM
rfb321
User since 9/6/17

Big St. > Pickerel > Rainbow

8/15/19 @ 6:53 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

Plum is connected to Star via Star Creek.  Not sure how the little buggers travel, but given that they were in Star, only a matter of time before they found their way to Plum. 

I'm guessing Aurora Lake is next, as Aurora Creek connects to Plum...

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8/15/19 @ 3:18 PM
bullet20CC
User since 9/4/08

Seen them on the Gile Flowage.  Nasty.

8/15/19 @ 2:33 PM
Flyrod Man
User since 8/13/09

Tell me about "Spiny Fleas"?   Never heard of them.  

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