|May 26||Guest fishing opens (Memorial Day weekend)|
|July 5 -July 7||Ramona is closed to fishing, in preparation for the Kids Fishing Contest|
|Oct 31||Fishing season closes|
Water Status - after a dry spring, we received a series of snows which allowed us to fill all our lakes, including Shagwa. We're entering summer in good shape and will fill at least Hiawatha again if the opportunity presents itself.
Fishing Status - we had a great opening weekend of excellent fishing at all the lakes. Fishermen caught a variety of sizes and all types of trout, including the Palomino trout we stocked at all the lakes. The Palomino are a hybrid rainbow trout that are not a Golden Trout. By genetic cross-breeding of rainbows; the Palomino colors will range from light green to yellow. The Palomino grow as fast as regular rainbow and seem to be more disease resistant. Please continue filling out the survey cards at Apache and Nokomis to help us gain insights about the fisheries. Specifically, the impact of perch and the trout growth rates; and looking at mitigation methods, walleye in Apache, and catch-and-release in Nokomis.
Dues increase - the stockholders approved a ~16% dues increase effective for the 2018 summer fishing season. Initiated memberships will increase $50/year, uninitiated $80/year, and day passes by $5. This is our first dues increase in 10 years, which during that time saw inflation increase by 22% and fishing costs increase by 45%. We're also increasing junior and grandchild memberships by $5, and ice fishing to $80/year - this is the first increase for these in over 40 years. The construction of the Snake pipeline and Shagwa have been significant draws on our reserves. We'll apply the dues increase to re-building our reserves and maintaining the quality of our fishing program.
Boat Storage - We continue to have too many boats left at our lakes year-round. To address this, we're initiating a program starting in November 2018, to either have boats removed or charging the owners to store them over the winter. Our first target will be Apache. We'll contact all boat owners there and take one of three actions this fall:
- Remove any unregistered boats, owners who can describe their boat can bail them out of our "boat yard"
- Give boat owners until November 15 to remove their boat (and not to another lake!). Should you need help we'll have a couple sources who can move your boat for a fee
- Or the boat owner can pay $150 to store their boat at Apache for the winter
Snake pipeline - last fall we replaced the aging Snake ditch with an 18" pipeline. The pipeline runs from the end of the concrete segment, near Minnehaha St, to the Letitia diversion and onto Snake. The pipeline worked great this spring, allowing us to fill Snake and Letitia faster and with more volume and much less water loss. We thank everyone along the reconstruction zone for your patience and support!
Shagwa - we completed dredging the lake last fall in order to increase the volume of the lake. We deepened the pool in front of the dam and created a pool and channel towards the south end. We completed filling the lake in May and are now working to install a new aeration system. After the lake settles and starts growing plants, we'll stock some forage (crayfish and fathead minnows). We'll stock the lake with fish and open it for fishing spring of 2019. More details and background information on Shagwa.