Paddock Lake pursuing fish stocking for lake

An example of the size of northern pike that would be stocked in Paddock Lake. /Photo courtesy of Paddock Lake

Paddock Lake is pursuing a new round of fish stocking for its namesake body of water.

Village administrator Tim Popanda has been communicating with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the stocking.

While there is a lot of interest in stocking walleye in the lake, the DNR does not recommend it, Popanda said. That’s because while walleye would live and grow in the lake they likely would not reproduce.

The DNR recommends stocking with northern pike and perch, Popanda said.

Popanda said the goal would be to add about $1,000 worth of 10 to 12 inch fish. Funds to pay for the stocking are being raised through fundraisers by the Paddock-Hooker Lake Association, Wednesday Night Bass Busters fishing club and Drifters Bar and Grill with the village also possibly making a contribution.

While Paddock Lake is the subject of a panfish study currently, a DNR representative told Popanda stocking of other species could still take place.

Paddock Lake was last stocked with northerns in 2013 and 2015. Before that, the lake had not been stocked since 2001.

Northerns would likely be stocked first as there is a shortage of perch from hatcheries, Popanda said.

Any stocking would take place in spring 2018 at the earliest.


One Comment

  1. Jason says:

    Why don’t they figure out a way to take some northern pike from Camp lake? The Lake is way over populated with small northern pike and would benefit from the removal of them. Seems like a win win to me.

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