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Rainbow Smelt

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Total Locations: 26
Total Lakes and Rivers: 26 *

Disclaimer: Aquatic invasive species (AIS) records are assigned statuses of "verified", "observed", or "no longer observed" based on AIS Status Guidance. In general, "verified" populations are established and have been verified by a taxonomic expert. Populations with the "observed" status have not been verified by a taxonomic expert or do not have established populations. Populations with the "no longer observed" status include populations where a reproducing population did not establish. Our inventories are not necessarily exhaustive so it is important to report occurrences. To report new discoveries visit: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Invasives/report.html. See the Aquatic Invasive Species Guidance for information on how statuses are assigned. Personally identifiable information on data collection forms may be provided to requesters to the extent required by Wisconsin's Open Records Law [ss. 19.31-19.39, Wis. Stats.].

By County | By Waterbody | By Species | By Year | Open In Excel
WaterbodyStatusWaterbody ID Code (WBIC)CountyYear First FoundDetails
Rainbow Smelt (26)
Anderson LakeVerified968500Vilas2000 Details
Beaver Dam LakeVerified2081200Barron1980 Details
Big Cedar LakeVerified25300Washington1985 Details
Cisco LakeVerified2899200Bayfield1983 Details
Crawling Stone Lake (LDF Chain)Verified2322800Vilas1975 Details
Crystal LakeVerified1842400Vilas1985 Details
Dead Pike LakeVerified2316600Vilas1996 Details
Diamond LakeVerified2897100Bayfield1967 Details
Fence Lake (LDF Chain)Verified2323000Vilas1968 Details
Flambeau Lake (LDF Chain)Verified2320500Vilas1968 Details
Keyes LakeVerified672900Florence2000 Details
Lake LucerneVerified396500Forest1962 Details
Lake MichiganVerified  1923 Details
Lake SuperiorVerified2751220Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron1924 Details
Little Crawling Stone Lake (LDF Chain)Verified2324000Vilas1982 Details
Little Trout LakeVerified2321600Vilas1990 Details
Long Interlaken Lake (Long) (LDF Chain)Verified2322300Vilas1983 Details
Long LakeVerified1602300Vilas1999 Details
Lower Pine LakeVerified2479900Polk2015 Details
Moss Lake (Little Mud) (LDF Chain)Verified2322500Vilas1989 Details
Placid Twin Lake, North (LDF Chain)Verified2323800Vilas1996 Details
Pokegama Lake (LDF Chain)Verified2320800Vilas1996 Details
Sand Bar LakeNo Longer Observed2494900Bayfield1962 Details
Smoky LakeVerified1018300Vilas2008 Details
Sparkling Lake (Silver)Verified1881900Vilas1982 Details
Whitefish (Bardon) LakeVerified2694000Douglas1977 Details

* Total Lakes and Rivers = total unique Waterbody ID Codes (WBICs). If a waterbody, such as a small pond not in the DNR 24 K Hydrolayer, doesn't have a WBIC, it isn't currently counted in the total.

** Purple Loosestrife - DNR has only a partial list of locations. For more extensive data, visit the Great Lakes Indian and Fish Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) website [exit DNR].

** Fish species - This web page only has a partial list of locations. For more extensive data, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Map of Distribution of WI Fish Species [exit DNR].