††††††††††† April 18, 2018
The District has a meeting scheduled for April 18
at the Marquette Town Hall at 5:30
Ice went out on Puckaway on April 3
Water levels are up almost 2 feet with the rain and heavy snow
with more snow on the way today
Guys have about a million eggs in the hatchery from the first pull
Nets were pulled because of high winds and the snow.
Guys are not sure if they will try for more fish or just give up for the year
If any shoreline property owner has interest in doing something
with their shoreline such as riprapping or dredging this would be
the year to apply for a permit for this summer. Water will be lower
during Dam construction. If interested you can contact
Jered Seidl††††† DNR
Water Management Specialist
625 E County Rd Y
920 303 5423
This is the latest information we have on the Princeton Dam Project
State of Wisconsin Building Commission Agenda December 2017
Construction $1,452,100 SBC Approval Dec 2017
Design $126,300 A/C Selection Oct 2016
DFDM Mgt $62,200. Bid Opening Feb 2018
Contingency $101,600† Start Construction May 2018
Other Fees $18,900. Substantial Completion Oct 2018
TOTAL $1,761,100. Final Completion Nov 2018
The final Lake Puckaway Comprehensive Management Plan
Is now on this web site under Photos
†Lake froze over Dec 8 2017. Almost the same as last year
†Some snow is forecast for tonight. Looks like winter has arrived.
I heard some guys that were still fishing were catching some Northerns
Letís hope we have a good ice fishing season.
Oct 20--This past week Randy, Rich and his wife removed the
No Wake buoys from the river for the season
Randy also reported he winterized the Hatchery. The well pump
Is off, water lines blown out, water heater removed, water filter
drained. Everything should be ready for winter.
Good job done. Thanks for volunteering to do this.
Princeton Dam Update
On Sept 20 the design modification diver was at the Princeton
Dam doing the dam inspection. The gates were opened the night
before to reduce the flow. The diver films and reports every thing
he sees under water. The two men in the boat record the audio
and video from the diver.† Both sides of the dam were inspected.
Gates were closed at noon. They then did an inspection of the
lock channel gates. Their report to us was very positive. They
found the dam and gate area to be in good condition.
Letís hope that means reconstruction could start next year.
Sept 18† Randy And Rich removed the two Tern Rafts from the
lake for the season. Good job Thanks Guys
This week we received a preliminary report on the Tern Rafts from
Daryl Christensen. It appears we will have another successful year
with the common terns hatching on puckaway.
Randy Schmidt, Rich Pergande and Gene Weber put out our
two Tern Rafts today for the 2017 season. April 19
The guys had a great season at the LPPRD Walleye Hatchery
They collected 2,682,000 eggs and released 2,050,000 fry into the lake
This was our 8th year of operation and in that time we have placed
11,336,000 fry into Lake Puckaway..
†As most of you probably know the legislators are working on the State
2017-2019 Budget. The plan is to complete this by the end of June.
As of now we know the Princeton Dam Project at 1.7 million is in
the DNR Budget and has passed the first hurdle. It appears this
will be a long process with many hurdles to get over.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
In late fall the commercial fishermen checked Puckaway for carp.
We were told they did not find enough carp to make it profitable for
them to make a pull this year. The story is the carp have found the fish
ladder on the new Buffalo Dam and moved from Puckaway.
Randy & Rich pulled the no wake buoys out from up river. Remember
Slow no wake is still in effect especially with the high water.
At our Annual Meeting †2 new commissioners were elected.
Kurt McCulloch and Jeff Kimber. We welcome them to the District Board.
Paul Gettelman gave the 2016 Hatchery Report and Tim Hoyman gave the Kick Off
Presentation for the Lake Management Planning Project,