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200 foot rule for PERSONAL WATERCRAFT:
While operating any Personal Watercraft, Slow-No-Wake speed is required when within 200 feet of the shoreline of any lake.
100 foot rule for MOTOR BOATS:
While operating a motorboat on any lake, Slow-No-Wake speed is required when within 100 feet of a raft, pier, buoyed restricted area and LAKE SHORE.
Slow-No-Wake is moving as slow as possible while still maintaining control of the boat's direction.
Stocking the lake
Donations now being accepted for Buffalo Lake fish fund
This fall, we will be purchasing fish to add to our lake. Along with donations received from local businesses (listed in our Service Directory), private donations of any amount are being accepted.
If you are interested in contributing, send your checks to:
Buffalo Lake Fish Stocking
P.O. Box 82
Montello, WI 53949
Thanks from the Fish Committee. Learn more about the Fish Committee here >
Preliminary WDNR fish count
From the DNR: We conducted the bass/panfish electrofishing on May 24 with two boats. Each boat did 6 miles of electrofishing (north shore and south shore) with stations beginning at the boat launch in town. The survey went well overall (minus the bug hatch in the first hour). Here are some quick preliminary observations. Bluegills ranging 3-7 inches were abundant and we saw a fair amount of pumpkinseeds that ranged 4-6 inches. We also handled 89 largemouth bass, 27 northern pike, 4 walleye, and 3 smallmouth bass. We had 5 largemouth bass and 2 smallmouth bass in the 18 inch bracket. The largest northern pike was 30.1 inches and largest walleye was 23.6 inches. A full report is coming.
Petititon to increase lake level
Update: DNR requests additional information
Last year, Buffalo Lake District petitioned the DNR to make changes to the lake level process currently in place. In March 2022, we received a response to our petition requesting additional information. You can find the DNR response here >
Fishing on Buffalo Lake
Walleye study being conducted on upper Fox River
A new sonic tagging study is underway on the Winnebago System to evaluate adult walleye movement and habitat use on the system including the Wolf and upper Fox Rivers. During fall 2021, DNR staff tagged 74 adult walleye with internal sonic tags on Lake Winnebago. For 2022, staff will focus tagging efforts on Lake Puckaway and the upper Fox River.
All sonic tagged fish are marked with an orange loop tag near the dorsal fin that reads, RESEARCH REWARD. Anglers that catch a sonic-tagged fish are asked to report their catch. A $100 reward will be given with proper confirmation. Find more information about reporting a catch here >
FREE nutrient-rich compost
We're looking for additional weed dropoff sites
Attention: farmers, gardeners and land owners! The harvesting committee on Buffalo Lake is looking for additional sites to drop off weeds during the 2022 harvest season. The weeds decompose in less than one year and become nutrient rich compost. Last year, we had over 1,400 truck loads of lake weeds to distribute. Due to transportation costs and time restrictions, our preference would be for locations within a 10-mile radius of Buffalo Lake. The compost and delivery are free!
If you are interested or know someone who is, contact Gary Kershaw at 608-575-6473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.