Canoeing, kayaking, experimental fishing forecasts available for the lakes in the region
A forecast has been launched for people who fish, as well as kayakers, boaters and anyone else who spends time on the inland lakes of southern Wisconsin.
The national meteorological service forecast of inland lakes is an experimental item that details things like wind speed, wave height, and surface water temperature for some of the larger inland lakes in the southern part of the state.
Some of the lakes included are the Madison Chain of Lakes, Green Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Country Lakes in Waukesha County, and the southern part of Lake Winnebago.
“Obviously, our inland lakes still experience wave action, especially when the wind picks up,” said Jaclyn Anderson, a senior forecaster at Sullivan’s weather services office. “It doesn’t take a lot of wind for the waves to pick up fast enough on some of these inland lakes.
“It’s a great resource if you are planning on going to an inland lake,” she added.
Conditions on inland lakes are quite severe in Wisconsin, where about 1 million fishing licenses are sold each year.
Wisconsin also ranks fifth in the United States for the number of pleasure craft registered in the state, according to the Water Sports Foundation, the non-profit educational arm of the Water Sports Industry Association.
Wisconsin has just over 607,000 pleasure craft (all powerboats and sailboats over 12 feet in length) registered in the state, according to the foundation.
Nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 35% increase in boat sales in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the foundation.
The foundation estimates that there are more than 415,000 first-time boat owners in the United States as Memorial Day weekend approaches.
What do you think?
During the warmer months of the year, the Sullivan Weather Service office publishes the experimental forecasts for inland lakes – once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
The forecast includes weather conditions, expected wave height, air temperature, wind speed and direction. Today’s forecast also includes an estimate of the surface water temperature.
The forecast is for four days.
“This forecast for inland lakes is still experimental,” the weather service said in a statement. “If you notice any issues with the page, or would like to send feedback, please email the weather department at [email protected]”
Anderson said people in the weather service were interested in what people think of the experimental product.
“Do they find it useful? How do they use it? ” she said.
You can find this forecast of inland lakes at www.weather.gov/mkx/inland-lake-waves.