Perch stocked in Beaver Dam Lake
It was a brisk 41 degrees Thursday afternoon with winds whipping about at 19 mph, when a tanker truck from Gollon Bait & Fish Farm of Dodgeville pulled into Derge County Park on the northwest side of Beaver Dam Lake.
The truck was met by Bill Boettge, president of the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association. It was delivering 7,150 perch of 5-7 inches and 13,600 perch of 3-5 inches to stock the lake.
“We like to get the bigger ones so that they survive and become ready by next season for fishermen to catch them,” Boettge said.
After the drop at Derge County Park, the tanker made two additional drops in other areas of the lake.
Stocking has been an ongoing cooperative effort by BDLIA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to improve the fishery of Beaver Dam Lake.
The total cost of Thursday’s stocking was $15,000. BDLIA has spent $20,000 each year for the past five years for fish stocking, according to Boettge. The organization placed 3,000 large yellow perch in Beaver Dam Lake April 25 to balance the lake’s fish population. Those fish were in the range of 7-9 inches, with many over 10 inches.
Meanwhile, the DNR stocked the lake this past spring with 380,000 fingerling walleye and 20,100 fingerling northern.
BDLIA’s fish stocking program has four goals: provide more pan and game fish for area fishing enthusiasts; have predator fish to help control the rough fish population; to keep a balance in the fish population; and to attract more people to the Beaver Dam area and help the economy.
The funds for fish stocking come from business donations, local fishing tournaments, contributions to BDLIA and the community’s support of its fundraising banquet each March.
Boettge said the association is very appreciative of the support of the program.
“In addition to the fish stocking, BDLIA has a commitment to improve and protect the lake with our work to reduce major erosion in some areas of the lake and our partnership with the farming community in the Healthy Soil — Healthy Water program to reduce nutrient and soil run-off into our lake,” he said.
For additional information, contact BDLIA at 920-356-1200 or go to bdlia.org.