Blog Redux: What Less Lake Ice Means for Ecology, Economy and Ourselves

NOTE: This post originally ran on January 17, 2012. In the four of the five years since this post, Lake Mendota has frozen over well after its “median” freeze date, and in three of the five years it has thawed Read More …

Best of the Blog, 2016: What Do Fish Do Under the Ice?

We’re taking a look back at some of the CFL’s most popular blog posts from 2016. Here’s one originally published on back in 2015 about what life is like under the ice – considering Lake Mendota still hasn’t frozen, maybe Read More …

Website Aims to Get Madison Lakes on the Map and in the Forecast

MADISON, WI – Imagine packing the car, herding your family on board and heading to the lake – only to find green, scummy water or a closed beach at your destination. Up until now, it’s been an all-too-common end to Read More …

It’s Spring 2016! Help Us Monitor Mendota’s Clear-Water Phase

Last year at this time, we asked you to help us monitor Lake Mendota, as we worried that we’d missed its “clear-water” window. We’re happy to report that, in 2016, we’re nearing a 6 meter Secchi depth and seeing lots Read More …

Watch This! Madison East Student Documentary on the Yahara Lakes

It’s spring break in Madison and, while we’re not exactly out swimming or boating just yet, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to love our lakes. Enjoy this video from Madison East High School students on what the lakes Read More …

WORLD PREMIERE! Phantom Midge Music Video

This holiday season (and Fish Fry Day!), we’re giving you a not-quite-Christmas carol courtesy of the Center for Limnology’s house band – Phantom Midge. It’s a song about big fish and the folks who chase them (with apologies to Daft Read More …

Study Suggests Some Fishing Regulations Aren’t in Line with Fishing Reality

A new study by Center for Limnology researchers says that, when it comes to managing our sport fisheries, some regulations aren’t in line with the reality of fishing trips. CFL post-doctoral researcher, Jereme Gaeta, is lead author of the report, Read More …

Muckraking Mendota: Breaking the Surface Barrier

by Emily Hilts While walking along the lakeshore to my first day of work, I spotted a smallmouth bass hanging out in the rocky shallows of Lake Mendota. After watching for a minute, it finally struck me … the water Read More …

Fish Fry Day: Smallmouth Bass Begging for Food

Happy Fish Fry Day! The day when Wisconsin puts fried fish on the menu and we put fun fish on the blog. Earlier this week, I was up north at Trout Lake Station with our summer outreach undergrad, Aisha Liebenow Read More …