Big Chetac and Birch Lakes Association

2017 Publications

Please click on the link below to see the Associations Lake Management Plan and the reports which led to its development and adoption.  The 2013, 2014 & 2015 results can also be found here. 

Lake Management Plan and Reports

A sick lake in the west metro has been restored by chemical treatment of invasive weeds and reduced manure runoff.

Birchwood, Wisconsin

September 27, 2017


May 22, 2017

Fishery Update

July 27, 2017

Big Chetac and Birch Lakes Association Annual Meeting –

June 10

"Fish Sticks" Information


Max Wolter, DNR Fisheries Biologist Summary of Studies Document:



Latest News

Big Chetac and Birch Lakes Stakeholder Committee - Public Meeting Scheduled at Commons Room of Birchwood School

The next public meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 28th, at 1pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and get public input on the goals and objectives of the Lake Management Plan the committee has been working on.

The 2015/2016 ice fishing season was spectacular.  Even with the short ice season, fishing reports were great.  Chetac continues to be the go to lake for fishing year round.


Our fisheries committee reports that the 2016 fishing opener was the best they have seen in the last 15 years.  That is really saying something!  The efforts to protect and enhance the fishery on Chetac are starting to pay dividends.  For instance, the efforts to return Chetac to the list of Walleye trophy producing lakes is paying off.  The stocking efforts over the last few years are paying dividends.  The DNR will be stocking the lake with another 24,000 extended growth Walleye in the fall. 


The DNR has been great to work with to enhance our fishery.  Changes to limit rules on Bass and other species only help us in our efforts.

Babe Winkelman Good Fishing Video on “Fish Sticks” :



Birchwood, Wisconsin the Bluegill Capital of the World is a beautiful recreational area which offers something for just about everyone every season of the year.  Big Chetac and Birch Lakes are a tremendous natural resource offering great fishing, hunting, sight seeing and water recreational activities.

The Big Chetac and Birch Lakes Association (BCABLA) will hold its annual meeting Saturday, June 10, 8-10 a.m. in the Village of Birchwood Hall on Main Street. This meeting will include an overview of the Stakeholder’s committee formed to gather public input for a 2018 lake management plan. In addition, a recently-awarded WDNR Lake Planning grant will be described by Dave Blumer, a lakes education consultant hired by BCABLA, and opportunities for members to volunteer will be highlighted. Other business includes nomination of officers, a financial report, and a Q&A session. Both members and prospective members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.


2014 to 2016 Publications

Big Chetac and Birch Lakes Stakeholder Committee - Public Meeting Scheduled at Commons Room of Birchwood School


The next public meeting is scheduled for August 29 from 7 to 9 pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and get public input on the goals and objectives of the Lake Management Plan the committee has been working on.  The location is the Commons Room of the Birchwood School.