|Lake Chemung DNR Public Access Site: Rules and Regulations|
|Did You Know? It is illegal for a commercial company to pump water out of the lake into a water truck without a permit from the MDEQ. If you observe any company entering the DNR boat launch and pumping water from the lake into a tanker truck, immediately telephone 1-800-292-7800 (the DNR’s Report All Poaching Hotline) and request the help of a Conservation Officer.|
|Lake Chemung Dam: Public Act 451 of 1994 Part 307 requires the Livingston County Drain Commissioner’s Office to inspect the Lake Chemung Dam every 3 years. The Livingston County Drain Commissioner’s Office inspected the dam in 2006. In 2009, it was discovered that there were some structural failures to the dam and plans were made to rebuild it. The dam was subsequently rebuilt in 2010. The last dam inspection was in 2018. Results for that inspection will be posted when the report is finalized.|
Lake Chemung Fisheries
DNR Fisheries conducted its annual Lake Chemung bass survey on 9/24/2015 – 2015 Lake Chemung Total Catch
2013 Lake Chemung Fisheries Analysis – 9/30/2013
DNR 3-Year Fisheries Analysis Report for Lake Chemung – 3/28/2011 The DNR performed the last of their largemouth bass evaluation in Lake Chemung on September 27 – 30 2010.
The DNR performed another largemouth bass evaluation in Lake Chemung on September 29 and 30 and October 1 and 2, 2009.
In October 2008, the Michigan DNR performed a study in Lake Chemung to evaluate the fisheries in the lake.
For information regarding the study, contact Joe Leonardi, Fisheries Management Biologist at: MDNRE Fisheries, SLHMU 3116 Vernor Road Lapeer, MI 48446 PH: 810-245-1250 FAX: 810-245-1276 firstname.lastname@example.org
DNR Fisheries October 2008 work – During 4 nights of electrofishing, the DNR captured 571 largemouth bass and tagged 337 largemouth bass greater than 9 inches. The tags used are not visible to anglers. They are small (1/4 inch) and inserted with a needle just beneath the skin of the fish in a location that would not be consumed if the fish was consumed. A special wand is used to record the tag number when the DNR seeks to find recaptures. All in all, the DNR saw some very nice fish in the lake. In addition to largemouth bass, the DNR observed fair numbers of northern pike, walleye, bluegill, and redear sunfish…Summary of the October 2008 DNR catch from Lake Chemung.
|You are an important partner in preventing the spread of fish diseases and other aquatic nuisance species|
Anglers and boaters can take some easy steps to prevent the spread of fish diseases and other aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels by taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of the virus:
|Information to Keep in Mind if you Observe Dead Fish in the Lake Fish Kills – DNR Information|
Article Published in the Michigan Riparian Magazine (Summer 2015): Lake Water Quality – Are We Winning the War? By Tony Groves and Pam Tyning, Water Resources Group, ProgressiveAE
Reduce the phosphorus level in your lawn care products and you can reduce algae blooms Here is some information on phosphorus taken from the MN department of Agriculture: Phosphorus is one of the most troublesome pollutants in storm water runoff. Phosphorus comes from many sources, and it is the primary cause of water quality problems in lakes and streams.
Everything that is or was living contains phosphorus. It is in leaves. It is in lawn clippings. It is in animal wastes. It is an ingredient in most lawn fertilizers. It is even attached to soil. When leaves, lawn clippings, animal wastes, fertilizers, and soil are picked up by storm water runoff and are carried directly to our local lakes and streams, they provide the lakes with excess phosphorus. This excess phosphorus causes increased algae growth.
Algae are small green plants that live in lakes and streams. Increased algae growth is observed as green algae blooms or “scums” on lakes. Too much algae is harmful to a lake system. It blocks sunlight and prevents other plants from growing. When it dies and decays, it also takes much needed oxygen away from fish.
Limiting phosphorus reduces algae blooms….
You can reduce the amount of phosphorus entering a lake or stream by doing the following: