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Lucky dog!
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3/5/14 7:11 PM CST
The members of the lake association enjoy using their boats without the weeds to foul their props... The members don't care about the fish, which is a shame. This is a state body of water, the DNR should be taking care of this and not leave it dead because the lake association likes it as is.

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3/5/14 4:05 PM CST
one last thing and i swear i'm done. go to montello lake and buffalo lake and read their views on draw downs. that's it.

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3/5/14 12:07 PM CST
i guess i opened a can of worms, but i live in central illinois with no place to fish. so 2 weeks out of the yr i enjoyed the trip to park lake with family and my buddies. ask the people at montello if draw down works. the last time at park was 2006, and there was nothing but shad all over, never caught a crappie but did get 2 small gills by the island. it seems to me when they (whoever) put strippers, shad and muskys in the lake that was the start of its death. and yes there were weeds, but it wasn't all that bad except for along 44 when the weeds kept growing toward the middle. that's it for me on this subject, i just hope somebody does the right thing to get that lake back on its feet.

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3/4/14 5:04 PM CST
I was the DNR Fisheries Manager for Columbia Co from 1968 to 1972. During that time we conducted a "chemical treatment project" (fish poisoning) of the upper Fox river, including the tributary streams, down to the dam at Montello. We drew down all the lakes and ponds we could, including Park Lake, but bypassed Swan lake because to try to poison it would have cost as much as the whole rest of the project. The project was not a total success.

Anyway, while Park Lake was drawn down, there was a lot of interest in dredging it. Remember that Park Lake was built in the 1800s as a shallow millpond impoundment on a low-gradient stream with a largely agricultural watershed. Over the years, a LOT of silt was deposited. The DNR lake map depicts conditions at the time - http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/maps/DNR/0180300a.pdf.

When I worked there, it was very weedy and had a great crappie fishery. Wind drifting across it in my canoe while dragging a minnow on a weighted line produced a lot of meals.

There was also a good population of large bluegills. I used to fly fish for them by Sheep Isand during spawning.

There were some nice largemouth bass and a few Northern pike. There were some carp, but they weren't a problem.

When the lake was drawn down for treatment we had several public meetings to talk about what to do with Park Lake. There was a lot of interest by lake property owners to dredge the lake and get rid of the weeds. Since the majority of the lake is between 5 and 10 ft deep, that would have been a BIG project.

The local interest was to refill the lake as soon as possible, and then use a hydraulic dredge to pump the silt out. The main problems with that was that there was no vacant land near the lake to pump dredge spoils too. Locals wanted to pump into the wetlands on the south side of the lake, which would have destroyed the primary gamefish spawning habitat. We said no. Also the estimated cost of hydraulic dredging was astronomical.

Our suggestion was to leave the lake drained for at least 2 yrs to allow the loonsh_t bottom to dry out, then get a contractor with large earthmoving equipment to come in and haul the dirt out.

That wasn't acceptable to the property owners, so nothing was done until the power dam washed out in 2008. I assume that the main dam on the Fox River was rebuilt with an adequate emergency bypass spillway.

The 1980-90's stocking of walleye and muskellunge were approved based on public demand, not biologically sound management.

Park Lake could be a decent fishing lake for native species, but I'm guessing local politics will prevail...

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3/4/14 8:04 AM CST
eddiefish you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

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3/4/14 7:34 AM CST
Now that would explain it, I go by there when heading to Fox or Little Green, I have NEVER seen a single person out there!

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3/4/14 7:26 AM CST
the lake assoc. is full of crap. maybe they don't want jq public on their lake. that was one of the best panfish lake in southern wis. for 30 yrs. i had proof along with other guys i took up there. it sounds like the lake assoc. are young and don't remember what it was like. my wife caught a 11 and 1/16 inch gill one yr. and many more were 9 to 10 inch. yea there right there was never no fish in that lake. it could be they want it for pleasure craft only, the heck with the fishermen.

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3/3/14 5:58 PM CST
The lake pretty much went to hell when all the weeds died off. The town or dnr wanted to drain the lake to promote weed growth but the lake assoc. didn't want that so it's pretty much a pond to grow alge in. It's definately a shame. From what it said in the paper the lake assoc. said it was never any good fishing. I guess they never learned how to fish. Puke

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3/3/14 5:40 PM CST
it was 1964 the 1st time we went to park lake. stayed at bay view resort on 44 and for 30 straight yrs didn't need to go anywhere else for good fishing. then we met a guy in town and he said he and somebody else put 2 or 3 5 gal. buckets of stripers in park lake, and then around that time we heard that the dnr took crappies out to put in beaver dam. not really sure of all that happened, but after that the panfish fishing went down hill. musky's also were planted around 1985 and suddenly we could'nt find a gill. shad, stinky shad all over, we quit coming up and i think bay view sold their cabins. sad to see a death of a lake. i'm 69 yrs old and will probably never fish that lake again, so sad. i hope you lake assoc. or whatever can come up with solution. good luck and thanks park lake for 30 good yrs of fishing. we did catch nice crappies also. Sad

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12/19/13 1:16 PM CST
Ice Depth: 8" Conditions: Sunny
Decided to tryout Park lake last Saturday 12/14/2013. It was the first time I have fished it in 5 years. Set up by the damn and caught a lot of crappie and bluegills. We could not find any keepers but it would be a good spot to take a kid. We also had 1 flag but it was a hit and miss.

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1/22/13 5:57 PM CST
Chena pro staff I remember when I was a kid and was a smart ass Smile Puke

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1/22/13 9:16 AM CST
Wow BNO...you musta graduated from East Pardee Tech.

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1/21/13 8:30 PM CST
The walleye fishing is terrible if you caught one you would be a Lockyer guy, ever seance the dam broke it's all fawn down hill I live on the lake and fish it all the time when I don't feel like going anywhere and it's nothing like it use to be if the people where smart around here they would drain the lake and dredge the hole lake. This lake has so many carp and so much muck I'm surprised people even want to swim in it. Your best luck would be to go to swan lake and fish the weed lines you can catch a lot there.

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2/27/12 12:08 AM CST
How is this lake holding up walleye wizard? I live 100 mi north of there and got a couple of nephews that live in pardeeville and would like to go fishing. Worth me coming down?

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2/26/12 7:13 PM CST
Got limit of crappies tonight !

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