Fishing is a great pastime on the Townsend Flowage with its abundance of panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike.
The DNR has done walleye plantings in the past, with the latest being done in 2013, but the results have not been entirely successful. The flowage does not have a good habitat for walleyes. While reports have been made of 30-45 inch muskies being caught, fingerlings previously planted seem to be gone. Efforts have been made for developing spawning grounds. The south shore is a good location for a spawning ground where the wind cleanses rocks for good results.
No further permits will be issued by the DNR for walleye or any fish plantings until a lake feasibility study is completed to determine if fish can be planted in the future. Click here to see the Fish Stocking Summary dating back to 1972 to 2018.
The DNR has done shocking of the lake when conditions of 50-60 degrees F are existing. Shocking surveys were done in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The last shocking of the flowage in 2016 showed 1 muskie and 6 walleye per 15 acres. The shocking that was completed in 2018 will result in a report that will be available in spring of 2019.
Bruce Beno leads the fish monitoring activities on the flowage. If you have updates or have concerns, Bruce can be contacted at
Townsend Flowage Fish Report (Draft)
DNR 2016 Fish Management Report of the Townsend Flowage