6 miles east of Wallingford
Amenities at Ingham Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Extremely low dissolved oxygen resulted in concerns by the Spirit Lake Fish Management Office of possible winterkill during the winter of 2007-2008. Site inspection by the fish management personnel revealed dead fish comprised mainly of carp along the west shoreline, leading to speculation of a significant winterkill at Ingham Lake. To assess the severity of the 2007-2008 winterkill, fyke nets were set in Ingham Lake 16th May at the traditional sampling sites consisting of one 24 hour set. Results of the survey are listed in Table 1.
Table 1. Catch per unit effort (Fish/Lift), percent of catch, mean length and range of species sampled from Ingham Lake by ¾ inch fyke nets, May 2nd, 2001.
Species No. CPUE %
Bullhead 799 159.8 90
Buffalo 3 0.6 <1
Carp 82 16.4 9
Yellow Perch 2 0.4 <1
Black Crappie 2 0.4 <1
Results of the 2007/2008 Ingham Lake winterkill assessment suggest a major kill of carp and all game fish species in the lake. Bullhead, a species that are very resilient to low oxygen and carp comprised 99% of the fish species sampled. A small number of black crappie and yellow perch were detected during the winterkill assessment suggesting a remnant game fish population still exists within Ingham Lake. These fish should sustain the fishery and provide natural reproduction and replenishment of these species.
The Ingham Lake commercial angler reported limited numbers of rough fish and negligible game fish numbers in the catch during the 2008 commercial fishing season, supporting the assumption of a significant winterkill on Ingham Lake. To re-establish game fish populations in the lake walleye and northern pike are scheduled to be stocked into Ingham Lake throughout 2008.
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