Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Great Lakes Stream Restoration - Wisconsin
In 2017, Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers helped to reconnect 42 miles of coldwater habitat within the Peshtigo River watershed in Northern Wisconsin, as part of TU's Great Lakes Restoration Program.
In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 10 inadequate culverts were replaced with fish-friendly structures. An additional road crossing located on private industrial forest land was removed.
In all, the projects eliminated 11 aquatic organism passage barriers and improved instream habitat. As a result brook trout can once again migrate between critical spawning and rearing habitat and deeper, forage-rich winter habitat. The work generated a great TV news story that aired during a Green Bay Packers game this past fall.
Thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the ongoing support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), we will be continuing our efforts here in northern Wisconsin. Our objective for 2018 is to reconnect an additional 25 miles within the Peshtigo system through the replacement of five more culverts.
In addition to our culvert work, we are very excited to be a part of the North Branch Oconto Restoration Partnership. In 2018, we will be assisting in the restoration of 2.6 miles of wild brook trout habitat through the heart of Wabeno. This will entail the removal of mill dams, a culvert replacement and instream habitat improvements.
Ongoing support from the Wisconsin Council and chapters, in the form of generous financial contributions and letters of support, have been critically important in this effort.
For more information on TU's WI Great Lakes Stream Restoration Program, contact program manager Laura MacFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow at https://www.facebook.com/TUGreatLakes/.
A $500 college scholarship is still available to college student enrolled in environmental science or aquaculture fields. Scholarship is available to anyone who has completed first year of college and are continuing their education. This Scholarship is sponsored by the Don Wagner Family. Students may contact an officer or mail educational resume to Chapter address.
The Chapter’s Scholarship, now designated as the Don Wagner Memorial Scholarship has been awarding a $500 college scholarship at UWSP for many years, we’ve set criteria for selection but have always given priority to students from the Oconto River Watershed Area (especially members). Typically, we’ve looked for students that are in a fisheries program but have stretched that criteria to other environmental fields for “in area” students. We’ve asked that the scholarship be given to a Junior or Senior thinking that it is a more critical time in their college career and a time when money may be tighter. We also believe that a student that has achieved this class ranking is more apt to graduate and start to work in his field of endeavor. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should mail an educational resume to Oconto River Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 252, Gillett, WI 54124.
Oconto County Sportsmen’s Alliance have Scholarships available to anyone who has completed first semester of college and are continuing their education. Mail resume to Alliance at 12361 Stern Rd., Gillett 54124.
Update on South Branch Land
OCONTO - The Chapter has received a letter from Monty Brink, Oconto County Forest and Parks Administrator, thanking us for our donation and indicating that the deal closed on April 21, 2020. Through a lot of extra effort on Monty’s part, and through a cooperative effort by Oconto County, Trout Unlimited and others, the deal got done and will provide a place to fish for many, many people in years to come.
“The next step is to develop the parking lot and river access to the South Branch of the Oconto River that will allow anglers hours of enjoyment as they take in the natural beauty the area has to offer.”
Great Job Monty!!!!!!
DNR Catchable Trout Stockings - 2020
ARMSTRONG CREEK RECIEVED 922 BROOK TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING AND 910 WERE PLACE IN LITTLE CUB LAKE. LOGGER LAKE WAS STOCKED WITH 1,500 RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN YEARLING AND THE NORTH BRANCH OCONTO RIVER 1,150.
CROOKED LAKE RECIEVED 3,266 BROOK TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING. A TOTAL OF 3,017 BROWN TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING WERE STOCKED IN ROGERS LAKE. THE FOLLOWING WERE STOCKED RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN YEARLING - SHADICK SPRING 600, TOWNLINE LAKE 2,106 UNNAMED LAKE 1,200.
MARINETTE COUNTY HAD BROOK TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING PLACRD IN FOLLOWING WATERS. NORTH BRANCH PEMEBONWON RIVER 4,448 - PESHTIGO RIVER 2,273 - POTHOLE LAKE 341 AND UNNAMED WATER T37N-R19E-S30 301 TROUT. WATERS RECEIVING BROWN TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING WERE PESHTIGO RIVER 3,979 - PIKE RIVER 2,918 - THUNDER RIVER 974 AND WAUSAUKEE RIVER 1,167.
SHAWANO AND OCONTO COUNTY NOTES
SHAWANO COUNTY WATERS RECEIVED A FULL MIX OF FISH. BROOK TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING 1,819 TO OCONTO RIVER. BROWN TROUT ST. CROIX YEARLING NUMBERING 312 TO NORTH BRANCH EMBARRASS RIVER AND 2,211 TO THE OCONTO RIVER. RAINBOW TROUT ERWIN YEARLING WENT TO HOMME POND 500 - KORTH LAKE 500 AND MIDDLE BR EMBARRASS RIVER 1,140. NOTE: STOCKINGS IN OCONTO RIVER WERE SCHEDULED FOR PATZER PARK IN OCONTO COUNTY BUT DUE THE BRIDGE BEING OUT ON DAY OF DELIVERY THEY WERE PLACE IN PULICFER PARK WATERS.