The Water Management Board relies on the Michigan DNR for recommendations regarding Wolverine Lake's fish population. At the Water Management Board's request the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division performs fish surveys on Wolverine Lake about every 8 to 10 years. After reviewing the survey results the DNR makes recommendations as to the type, size and quantity of fish to be added during the survey year that best balances the lakes ecosystem. Along with the initial recommendations the DNR also provides guidelines that the Water Management Board uses to determine what fish to recommend to Council to be added to the lake in subsequent years. The most recent fish survey began on May 7, 2012, ended on June 6, 2012 and included using the following fish sample (survey) methods:
Trap Net: 3 nets used for three nights between May 7 and 10, 2012 with 1 to 5 feet set depth
Mini-Fyke Net: 2 nets used for two nights between May 7 and 9, 2012 with 0 to 4 feet set depth
Gill Net: 1 net used for two nights between May 7 and 9, 2012 with 8 to 24 feet set depth
Minnow Seine (or Drag Net): 1 net used for three hauls between May 7, 2012 and June 6, 2012 with 0 to 3 feet set depth
Boom (Electro-) Shocker: 1 boom system used for three transects (each 10 minutes in duration) on June 6, 2012 with 1 to 5 feet depth
Using the DNR recommendations or guidelines additional fish are purchased from a hatchery and normally introduced to the lake in the month of October.
Fishing Stocking History
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicmeia (VHS) is an extremely serious, highly contagious viral disease of fresh and saltwater fish. It can affect both wild and domestic fish, often resulting in death. Currently there is no treatment. To date it has not been found in Wolverine Lake so it's critical that we all understand how it spreads and follow some simple precautionary procedures.
There is a boat cleaning station installed at the DNR Launch Site located behind Village Hall. Boats should be sprayed and all vegetation removed before entering and after departing the lake. This will help in the prevention of spreading fish diseases such as Viral Hemorrhagic Septicmeia (VHS). Use instructions are clearly posted at the site.
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