Lake Puckaway Protection and Rehabilitation District Annual Meeting

Marquette Town Hall, Marquette WI

June 6, 2015

37th Annual Meeting



The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Phil Malsack, at 10:07 AM. 


District Commissioners in attendance were: Phil Malsack (chairman), Clayton Masters (treasurer), Paul Gettelman (secretary), Randy Schmidt, Rich Pergande and Roger Swanke,   Absent: Dave Richter


Chairman Malsack explained that notices of this annual meeting were sent out to all registered district members.  The notice was also posted in the Marquette Trib. and the Princeton paper.  The notice was also posted on the District web site.       


The proposed agenda was reviewed.   A motion Deb Flagel  2nd by Keith Kimber to adopt the agenda as submitted.  Motion Passed


A motion Keith Kimber to accept the 2014 annual meeting minutes as distributed at the meeting .  2nd  Deb Flagel  Motion Passed


Commissioner Masters distributed the Treasurer’s Report for review. (1087 newsletters sent out)  Chairman Malsack  summarized the report. 1/1/2014—12/31/14 [See the report for a complete summary]   A motion was made by a Gina Loeffler and 2nd by Keith Kimber to accept the treasurer’s report as submitted.  Motion Passed     



Up for (re)election: Randy Schmidt & Paul Gettelman.  Randy Schmidt stated that he would not be running again for the position. Deb Flagel nominated Paul Gettelman,  2nd Jill Wortman. Deb Falgel nominated Gene Weber for the second position  2nd by Ron Flagel  Nominations were closed.   A motion was made by Deb Flagel to cast  an unanimous ballot 2nd by Randy Schmidt. Motion Passed





Fish Hatchery Report   2015 starts our 6th year of operation of the walleye hatchery.  As noted in the past we have been very successful with the help of the WDNR and the many volunteers we have had help.

This year the basic operation remained the same as years past, BUT this year we were total on our own without any help from the DNR.  Although, the DNR did provide us the use of one of their boats and 3 fyke nets to use.  Rich Pergande and Randy Schmidt put the nets out on the South shore in water that was the lowest that many have ever seen in the spring.  Only the lower half of the net was in the water (normally the entire net is in the water).  With ice out only a couple of days prior to the nets being put out, we hoped that we would hit the spawning on time.  Randy and Rich went out and checked the nets on the following day and found them full of fish.  We ended up using 1 and ½ nets to gather the walleyes we needed for the hatchery.  We used a total of 81 walleyes of which 25 were females and 56 were males.  The largest walleye was a 26.5” female.  The average length of the females was 22.01”.  We were able to get 2,446,859 eggs from them.  After a total of 19 days, we released a total of 2,212,800 walleye fry into the lake.  We had a little better than a 90% hatch rate with the eggs.  The hatchery female walleyes produced an average of 88,480 fry per female.

Thus, for the past 6 years your LPPRD Walleye hatchery has released 8,377,200 fry into the lake.  Comm. Gettelman noted that in 2016 they are going to try to separate the females by length to determine if length as any bearing on hatch rate along with the number/size of eggs.  Hatch rate would mean the length of time from fertilization to hatch.

The LPPRD staff at the hatchery would like to thank the many volunteers that have helped and especially note for this year; Gene Weber, Ed Jesowshek, Randy Schultz, Mary Schultz, Norb Novak, Rod Huber, Dieter Ottie, Rick Klwieter, Jane Gettelman, Adam Gettelman, Jordan Gettelman, Fay Pergande.

Radio Tagged Northern Report:  As noted last year, we have 20 Radio Tagged Northerns that we are tracking in the lake.  To date we have made contact with 19 of the 20 Northerns.  The one we had no contact with was a 26.1” male.  We had a total of 75 contacts with the fish.  We contacted 4 of the female Northerns 6 times each.  All 4 of these fish were over 30”, with the largest being 35.8”.


We traveled over 113.7 miles on the lake throughout the year to make the 75 contacts.  The winter months were more difficult to locate the fish.   A more in depth summary of our findings will be presented next year after the batteries expire and the program is over.


A new twist to our monitoring of the northern came earlier this year in January when Tom Consi from UW-Milwaukee, School of Freshwater Sciences & Dept. of Mechanical Engineering contacted us and offered to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV also known as a Drone) for tracking radio-tagged fish in freshwater lakes and rivers, to track our northerns.  Our name was given to Tom  from Ryan Koenigs of the WDNR who is aware of our Northern tagging program.  Tom and his graduate students came out to the lake on Friday February 13, 2015 to take a look at the lake and further explain to us his program and equipment.  A test flight was conducted on Saturday February 21st .  This proved to be a successful venture and is the start of a very positive working relationship with the Tom and UW-Mil.    


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—Tom Consi UW-Mil: Tom Consi from UW-Mil gave a summary of the UAV in relation to the Northern tracking program that the Lake District is involved in.  This is an experimental program that is funded by a grant through UW-Mil.  The UAV has been flown in the winter off the ice and in the summer off the water with pontoons on the plane.  It has been successful in locating some of our northerns but needs to be refined to track more while in flight.



 Phil Malsack-Commissioners Report—Chairman Malsack gave a summary of what the LPPRD has been doing for the past year.  He also gave an update on the Princeton dam project.  The project is going forward and the design has been submitted.  It is a fixed crest dam with a fish passage.  The cost is projected at $1,856,857 with some improvements to the area.   It is not going to make any higher.  It will take away the “roll-a-way” that is below the dam.  We will be able to control the level when we want to.  We will try to mimic mother nature with the control of the gates.  The dam gives the lake about 6” of water.  In 2017 is going to the legislature and would be in a separate budget bill.  Construct would be in 2018.  Lake District cost and how it is operated will need to be discussed/determined.  We are now in a Lake Planning grant process.  In 2005 we had the Lake Planning program grant.  Now we have to update it.  We need to work on the dredge bank along with our tern rafts.  There will be a lot more Public meetings to regarding the Lake Management Plan in place.  Ontarra LLC is overseeing the grant.  This grant is a phase one and there is phase 2 that will give us some extra money to complete the grant.  Mr Kreco made a motion to expand the grant into the phase 2 at a cost of        Motion was 2nd.  Total project is $36,050, our share is 25%.  Motion Passed.  Another topic to be brought up is a draw down.  We had one 30 years ago.  The DNR is proposing another draw down.  No boards and gates open.  This could do a lot for the lake.  We will have to try it again.  Chairman Malsack doesn’t think a drawdown alone There will be a lot of negotiations between the District and DNR.  will do much for the lake.  It must be combined with other projects.  The commercial fisherman is still doing good.  They have taken out 400,000 # of Carp past year.


Open Public Comment :  Why not do the draw down when we are doing the dam?  That is when we would do the first one it and that is when we would try to coordinate other projects.  What’s a draw down.  A draw down is managed at the lowest possible level that it can be.  Why not put in a coffer dam?  The DNR will put some type of temporary dam in but will still draw the lake down.   Jeff Kimber asked. Who makes these determinations and whether or not the lake will be drawn down?   How far will it be drawn down and what will be the elevation with the fixed crest dam?  Jeff has not seen any thing successful on the lake for emergent vegetation on the lake in his 30 years here.  It has been more of a toy that certain individuals play with while we pay the taxes.  When will this change?   The height is determined by the DNR.  The actual figure one would have to look at the design plans and glean that info from that.  We are not engineers so we can’t answer that now.  Chairman Malsack noted that we have to manage the lake for all users.  The DNR is responsible for all waters within the state, including Puckaway.  We have to do our best with what we can do and go on from there.  There will be more meetings regarding the dam and the grant program.  Will the fish wehr be put back in with the new dam?  We don’t know at this time.  Will the new dam look something like the one in Montello?  Yes, pretty close. Essentially there will be the dam and below it will be filled in with rocks thus looking like a rapid.   We here of the dam, but is there a possible duration of construction?  At this time there is nothing that we have that says what that would be.  In talking with the engineers they thought it would take about a year.  Has the district looked at the phragmites?  Yes we have and will look into it all around the lake. Question on the Dam and where the report can be viewed.  It is from the Division of Facilities, Property Development; Project # 13K1I.  It is known as the 35% dam report, at Princeton dam.  In the past years with high water we had more vegetation than when we had low water.  If you look at Big Green and Little Green, they have an abundance of vegetation and they are deep lakes.  Why don’t we look into that?   This is true, but with lower water Puckaway is a turbid lake and the higher water it isn’t.  Are the boards on the Dam?  They are not.  We have tried twice and weren’t able to get them on. We have to have the water level lower than what we want in order to put the boards on.  Then we can put them on.   Who do you have to put the boards on?  Is it contracted?  Piers Plus is the one that is putting the boards on and off now.  Why have we waited so long over the past couple of years to put the boards on?  We have to wait for the water level to be at a save level as noted earlier.  Do we have a % of what the Lake District will have to pay towards the dam?  We have made the DNR aware that we have $175,000 available for some part of the dam.  The DNR wanted this info so it shows the DNR board and the legislature that the Lake District is a shareholder.  We have no contract to pay any of it nor are we going to solicit any from the township.  We may have to pay towards the parking area or some stuff like that.  Has the DNR asked for a resolution for the districts share in the dam?  No. 







NEW BUSINESS:  Proposed 2016 Budget



                                        SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR 2016


ANTICIPATED REVENUES                                                           ANTICIPATED EXPENSES


Projected      Unexpended                                                             Revenues                                                  Administration………………………….….6,000

From FY 2015…………………………...15,000

Anticipated Donations……….….….…….500                                    Lake Management         42,000     

                                                                                                          Hatchery                       2,000          

 Anticipated Interest……………….....…..500                                       Rough Fish                   10,000

                                                                                                          Lake Projects         15,000

                                                                                                          Dam Donation       15,000


   Tax Levy Recommended……..……35,000                                    Dam Operation               3,000


                                                                                                    Operations                                    45,000    


TOTAL REVENUE                               51,000                                   TOTAL EXPENSES                              51,000


Probable equalization for 2016 will be .32/$100 or $32 on $100,000 home/property.


Comm Schmidt made a motion to approve the proposed 2016 Budget as presented, 2nd by Comm. Pergande.  Motion Passed.



Other Business


A motion by Judy K and 2nd  Bob Moore  to adjourn.  Motion Passed


Meeting Adjourned at 12:20 AM


Respectfully submitted,

Paul Gettelman, Secretary


Documents to accompany the minutes in the official record: