On the Water


Citizen scientist Wayne Nowicki uses a Secchi disk to measure Green Lake’s water clarity at his favorite fishing spot. Data collected is used in combination with water-clarity readings collected by the U.S. Geological Survey to track both long-term and seasonal trends on the lake. submitted photo by Alison Niescier Six […]

Murky Green Lake raises questions — and answers


THE BLESER TEAM of Burlington, Wis., shows off the trophies and boat that it won for finishing first at last year’s Angler Young Angler Tournament. Pictured are, from left, organizer Dave Norton, Justin Keeker, organizer Krista Norton, Rich Bleser, Debbie Priepke and Bailey Bleser. Inset, from left, Keeker, Bailey Bleser […]

Reeling in on a decade



Last summer, members of the Lake Management Planning team and Green Lake School District students teamed up to place 27,000 plant propagules in the degraded estuary. This spring, volunteers prepared and placed 30,000 propagules to continue the multi-year attempt to restore the wetland. submitted photo by Allison Niescier A local […]

Don’t mean to carp about the estuary problem, but …


CLANCEY NICHOLLS LEAVES a wall of water behind him as he slices through Green Lake on his water skis during a past summer. submitted photo by Ariana Hones Bedecked in water skiing memorabilia while on his dock overlooking Green Lake, Clancey Nicholls remembers his first time water skiing. It was […]

Grassroots beginning bears years of water adventure



These THREE fishermen worked with the Clean Boats, Clean Waters inspector to check for and remove plants and drain their livewell after a day of fishing on Green Lake. They removed their boat from the lake at Dodge Memorial County Park. submitted photo by Anna Cisar If you were out […]

Clean boats = clean water = fewer invasive species


Future Green Lake diver Tyler Jennings practices his diving techniques. Jennings is taking classes at Mountain Bay Scuba to obtain his Scuba Diving certification. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman The murky — or maybe not so murky — waters of Green Lake hold many secrets. Some of those secrets […]

Green Lake’s secrets surface during dives



Pewaukee Lake Water Ski club stacks up a pyramid for the finale; Batman (secret identity Mike Strauss) carries Kayla Asbach to safety after showing off some super-powered moves during the doubles performance. Reagan Zimmerman and Rudy Winther photos by Reagan Zimmerman Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is […]

Up, up and aweigh!


MARISSA DAVIS STANDS next to Mike Norton and the 15-pound catfish she caught while fishing with the Green Lake guide June 1. Reagan Zimmerman photo Reagan Zimmerman Lake-trout fishing wasn’t always easy on Big Green Lake. In fact, people couldn’t catch them at all. From the time they were first […]

An unexpected cat(ch)



The continuous monitoring buoys provide high-resolution data documenting short-term fluctuations in oxygen, water temperature and seasonal trends. submitted photo by Alison Thiel Those recreating near Green Lake’s Dartford Bay or Sandstone Bluff may have noticed a new presence floating by. The areas have become home to two temporary monitoring buoys […]

Isolated Green Lake buoys measure water quality


Green Lake School District students assist the Lake Management Planning team in placing 27,500 native plant propagules (root stock) into the County Highway K Estuary. Propagules were strategically tossed into 12 fenced off carp exclosures. submitted photo by: Alison Thiel Editor’s note: This piece is the second story in a […]

GL students help restore Cty. Hwy. K estuary



Establishing a healthy riparian zone and vegetative buffer helps keep sediment and nutrients like phosphorus from entering the stream, and eventually, Green Lake. by Alison Thiel Brian Olmen knows exactly where he was on June 13, 2008. He wa standing on the western banks of a typically small stream that […]

Eight years later, restored creek benefits Green Lake




In 2015, the GLA funded a Phase I research study to better understand the issues pertaining to Green Lake’s impaired status. This year, it is taking lake management a step further with a $200,000 grant to conduct Phase II of this rigorous effort.           submitted photo  […]

With great depth comes great responsibility


Reporter helps deliver Marine Mail on Green Lake A FLEET OF Chris Crafts make their way out onto Green Lake to deliver Marine Mail.                     Tom Schultz photo by Hannah Tetzlaff The dog could never be found.  Even when they called […]

Mailing by tradition



ETHAN, LEFT, and Grant Heagney of Fort Atkinson, Wis., hold a lake trout they caught while fishing with Mike Norton. Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Big Green Lake What’s hot: Smallmouth bass and perch What’s not: Walleye, lake trout and white bass Guide’s Corner: Dennis […]

Fishing is slow, but stable on Big, Little Green


Walleyes for Tomorrow enjoys unprecedented success with latest release ABOVE, Green Lake Walleyes for Tomorrow chapter chairman Aaron Anderson practices his fishing skills in a kiddy pool in anticipation of catching the matured walleye fry in four years.  Hannah Tetzlaff submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff With a record-high release of […]

Frying up a new record




Reporter climbs aboard Heidel House yacht with her family Jack and Shirley Tetzlaff stand in front of Heidel House’s 60-foot Escapade yacht after their cruise around Green Lake.    Hannah Tetzlaff photo By Hannah Tetzlaff Riding in a car for hours at a time into the night, walking miles a […]

An escapade with the grandparents



Pewaukee Water Ski Club will return Saturday, July 30 to Green Lake for ‘Cirque de Ski’ show THE PEWAUKEE LAKE Water Ski Club performs one of its signature pyramids. The group does many tricks throughout the show.    submitted photo by Hannah Tetzlaff After successfully co-hosting the Green Lake Water […]

Circus on skis is coming to town


Florence Doss of Quincy, Ill., holds a 12-pound lake trout she caught while fishing with Mike Norton.    Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Big Green Lake What’s hot: Smallmouth bass and northern pike What’s not: White bass Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide […]

Warm weather = slow fishing on Big, Little Green