On the Water


A fish crib is lowered into Big Green Lake. The crib is designed to protect small fish from larger fish and preserve the lake as a habitat for aquatic life. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz In the 1980s and ’90s, roughly 150 fish cribs were placed in Big Green […]

Providing fish a habitat for the future


Researchers install buoys in Green Lake to monitor water quality data. The more data scientists can gather, the more the Green Lake Association can adapt projects to make a bigger impact. submitted photo by Kristen Pieszko Rasmussen As the Green Lake Association (GLA) takes its annual fund-raiser online this year […]

Fund a need for Big Green



A CDC GRAPHIC explains how Cercarial Dermatitis — or swimmer’s itch — is transferred to humans. Norwegian Bay has seen a recent uptick of swimmer’s itch. by Joe Schulz Swimmer’s itch appears to be back on Big Green Lake. Last week Monday, the Green Lake County Health Department received a […]

Swimmer’s itch suspected in Green Lake


RANDI THOM, left, holds a bass that he and his young angler, Easton Thom, 8, both of Berlin, caught. Jonathan Bailey photo by Joe Schulz In the days leading up to the 12th-annual Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournament, Saturday, June 20, the weather became the main point of conversation between […]

AYA Tourney reels in another successful year



A turbidity curtain is installed in the County K Highway Marsh. Derek Kavanagh photo If you’ve recently driven by the County K Highway Marsh, located at the southwest corner of Green Lake, it’s likely you’ve noticed a new addition: a long line of floating green booms that isolate pockets of […]

A story of hope for County K Highway Marsh and ...


by Jennifer Fjelsted June is invasive species month in Wisconsin. Invasive species can have big impacts on water quality, so it is important to understand which species Green Lake already has and take steps to prevent any new ones from entering. One particularly annoying aquatic invasive species in Big Green […]

Boaters can prevent spread of invasive species



JUSTIN CLARK, FRONT left, leads his team of Meredeth Clark, front right, and Garrett Clark (obstructed) to its fishing spot last year. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz While some of Green Lake’s traditional summer events have been canceled, the annual Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournament is not one of them. […]

AYA fishing tourney will cast lines amid Covid-19


TWO CHILDREN swim in Big Green Lake. Jennifer Fjelsted, Green Lake Association project manager, reminds people that everyone needs to do their part to keep the water flowing to Green Lake as clean as possible. submitted photo by Jennifer Fjelsted Warming weather and longer sunny days have us all yearning to […]

Big Green Lake’s bathtub: How to care for the lake



Water samples are collected and then analyzed for environmental DNA to detect the presence of aquatic invasive species. submitted photo By Jennifer Fjelsted Seems like every time you turn on the television you see some new crime show where the hero catches the bad guy using DNA. But DNA can be […]

eDNA is latest twist in Green Lake’s own version of ...


A commercial angler stands with bins of caught carp — enough to fill a semi-truck. Removing these fish helps to improve and protect water quality in Big Green Lake. submitted photo By Jennifer Fjelsted June is Invasive Species Month in Wisconsin, which means later today you will likely rush to the […]

Not to carp, but where’s my invasive gift?



Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers will be out at boat landings around the state, including Green Lake, helping boaters inspect their watercraft and prevent the spread of invasive species. submitted photo By Jennifer Fjelsted Once upon a time, someone took their boat out fishing. After watching their bobber in a standstill […]

Who’s writing the story on Green Lake? We are!


Sections of vertical banks on Dakin Creek will be repaired or armored with re-purposed Christmas trees as part of the Green Lake Association’s “balsam for brookies” project. The Christmas trees protect stream banks and provide habitat for brook trout, a native species that has not been documented on this trout […]

GLA restores brook trout habitat in Dakin Creek




Doug Norton tells stories of growing up on the Marina Wednesday, Aug. 15 during the Dartford Historical Society’s Lunch in the Park series. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Ask any person fishing on Green Lake and they can probably say a thing or two about lake trout. From the […]

Norton shares stories of marina




Gala guests and long-time GLA supporters, Larry and Victoria Gundrum, participate in the event’s pillar project appeal to support major lake initiatives. Together, guests donated more than $165,000 toward major lake initiatives to protect and restore Green Lake’s water quality. submitted photo by Alison Niescier For the Green Lake Association’s […]

Party-goers raise more than $165,000 to improve Green Lake’s ...




GREEN LAKER reporter Ariana Hones didn’t do much to help the carp problem on her estuary adventure, but enjoyed being in the elements with her little brother. Inset, the sole common carp swims lonely in the live well. Marcel Hones photos by Ariana Hones My brother Marcel practically dragged me […]

A carp catching endeavor on the elusive estuary



AFTER MONITORING AQUATIC vegetation in the County Highway K Estuary, Green Lake School District students and Green Lake Sanitary District staff remove invasive carp from a fyke net located in the estuary. Fyke nets jointly allow for carp removal and provide the Lake Management Planning team with valuable information on […]

Green Lake’s wetlands are being restored, one lily pad at ...


GREEN LAKER REPORTER Ariana Hones, left, and Adele Parks capture a moment of their kayak skills being fruitful as they make it to shore. Their docking skills? That was a different story. Adele Parks photo by Ariana Hones “What have we done?” I exclaimed as the double kayak slowly, yet […]

Kayaking adventure almost slips away for reporter and friend