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Winter Ice fishing on Ramona and Apache will open from mid-December through early March, safe ice permitting
Nov-April Office hours by appointment only
May 2 Office opens for summer hours
May 9 Fishing season opens!
May 23 Guest fishing opens (Memorial Day weekend)
July 2 -July 4 Ramona is closed to fishing, in preparation for the Kids Fishing Contest
Oct 31 Fishing season closes and boats must be removed from all the lakes

Ice Fishing - will open on Ramona and Apache from mid-December to early March, safe ice permitting. By safe ice we mean, greater than 4 inches thick. As always, we strongly encourage our fishermen to be careful, especially around the edges of the lakes, where the ice can be much thinner. We encourage you to wear cleats, especially on glaze ice. Finally, it is always good to fish with a buddy or around others, especially on Apache because the ice is not visible from nearby traffic. For more ice fishing safety tips. Ice fishing is open to members who either buy an ice fishing season pass for $80 or a single day ice fishing pass for $20. The only permitted day pass is an ice fishing day pass (you can no longer use a child guest pass). Members can host guests with our usual daily escorted adult or child guest pass. We do not permit unescorted guests on the lakes during ice fishing. Since the office is closed during the winter, you must contact us more than a week in advance to purchase passes. Please leave a message with the office at 970-881-2175 or send your request by mail to PO Box 527. As for rules, the summer rules all apply, including possession limits (3 fish per lake for adults) and not keeping walleye at Apache under 17". If you are catching perch, you can keep as many as you like, but please do not return the perch to the lake. Finally, please wear your ice fishing badge or daily pass and member badge in a way that is visible to the patrolmen and other members. Also, place your name and mobile phone number on the dashboard of your car so that when the patrolmen check, they know who you are. Have fun this winter!

Fall Wrap-up - The water levels in the lakes are excellent and have us in great shape for the winter. We had a very good fall fishing season, even if the early ice brought it to a close a few days early. All the lakes were stocked in late September. It was great having fishing at Shagwa, the Donaldson trout were very popular with the fishermen. We appreciated everyone 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. Similarly, the survey cards at Shagwa help us manage the fishery as it returns to normal. For a more complete update on this year's fishing. See you next spring for another year of great fishing!

Boat Storage - first of all, thanks to the boaters at Apache for removing all their boats! We removed about a dozen boats from Erie, Nokomis and Letitia. In 2020, we'll add Hiawatha to the annual boat removal effort. Our program to remove boats at the end of the season is paying off, Apache was much better for summer boat storage with the "dead beats" out of the way. Again, thanks for everyone's efforts!

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