Walleyes For Tomorrow Habitat Fund

$375 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 41 months
We currently have a our largest project ever underway on lake Winnebago. Twelve deepwater reefs are planned with over 4 million pounds of rock being placed by barge on hard bottom areas. The reefs will provide habitat for Walleyes, other gamefish and forage for generations to come. Unfortunately we have had to move equipment to other locations to be able to finish the project shortly.
Please help us with the cost of this project as it is far above what what projected.

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We have a lot of work planned for this year and need your help. Sponsoring a new DNR tagging study, DNR Walleye recruitment study, hatchery operations and habitat projects are all in the works!
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We have received many questions on our rock reefs. There are currently 18 chapters in our organization throughout Wisconsin and also Lake Goegebic in Michigan. Hatcheries are operated by our members at many lakes along with reef projects and fish stick tree drops to improve habitat. The following are a few of the places we have done reef projects:
The Bay of Green Bay
Pike lake in Manitowoc County
Lake Emily in Portage County
Big Eu Pleine in Marathon County
Lake Goegebic in Michigan
Shawano Lake in Shawano County
Lake Winnebago!
The Milwaukee river reef.

We have many more projects planned and would appreciate your help!
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Rock hauling portion of the project is done. Last rock went down on Monday morning. Bob Krupp had estimated 3,000,000 lbs. of rock. WFT moved 18 barge loads with approx. 200,000 lbs. per barge for some 3,600,000 lbs. of rock.

Rock was dumped in 15 - 17 ft. water on the north sites and 14 -16 ft. water on the south sites. Each site pile form is different depending on the size of rock dumped and how they bounced of each other. Generally speaking they are 50 - 60 ft. long and come up off bottom 5 -7 ft.

A breakdown; 5 - 7 quad axel dump truck loads per barge load. Took around 3 hours to load. Barge moved 5 mph loaded and 6 mph unloaded. Took 1.5 - 2 hours each way to get to dump locations because of the size of Winnebago. Only took around 30 minutes to pull rock off loaded barge with the backhoe on the second barge. So around 8 hrs. per load.

We had to be on the lake for each load. Put down a buoy each day at a preselected GPS site and the barge was unloaded at the selected site.
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We are up to eleven of the reefs complete. The project had to be moved further South to a different landing but we are almost done. Please support Walleyes For Tomorrow and help us continue to bring projects like this to waters in Wisconsin and Michigan.
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$375 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 41 months
Created June 7, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Walleye for Tomorrow
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Fond Du Lac, WI
EIN: 391712804
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James Thomas
41 months ago

Great job WFT!!!!

Jeffrey Corrado
41 months ago

I have only fished Winnebago a couple of times, but I can see where a project like this is very beneficial to all the habitat of the lake, Thank you for your hard work we need more pro-active things like this.

Chris Roehrig
41 months ago

Thank you for all the work you do!

rich mershon
41 months ago

Thanks guys this can only be a good thing. Come on people a little bit will go a long ways.

George E Francek
41 months ago

This is a fantastic project Walleyes for Tomorrow is doing for the benefit of not only the walleyes, but all aquatic life on the lake. I'm sure it will be very benificial to all the fisherman, fisherwomen and our future fisher kids!! Thank you WFT for this grand undertaking.

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