June 30 -July 2 Ramona closed for the Kids Fishing Contest


Water Status - Drought conditions persisted through the spring preventing us to fill the lakes during the initial runoff. We were able to nearly fill Hiawatha (our most senior water right) during the week after the May 20th snowstorm, then we were called out only to have another brief period of filling the first few days of June. Since then we have been called out and subsequently worked to get our exchange right working so that we could fill Letitia and Snake. It's unclear if we'll be able to fill all our lakes, but if there's sufficient water in the system, aided by rain and cooler weather, we should be able to top things off by the 2nd week of July.

Rainbow Trout Fishing Report - The opening of fishing has been a big hit with fishermen catching nice fish at all the lakes. This is a bright red rainbow caught and released at Nokomis. Crystal Springs Trout Farms stocked trout (including trohpies) at all our lakes in late April / early May, except Shagwa. Aquatics Associates added a few more Donaldson trout to Shagwa in April. We'll stock another round of fish at all the lakes except Shagwa during later June. We plan to stock a few Browns and Brooks this fall in Erie, Apache, and Nokomis. These varietals are rather expensive, roughly $8 a fish - so if you catch one take good care of it!

Boat Cleanup - we removed 15 boats from the lakes at the end of fishing season. Four of the boats were properly stickered, of the other eleven, half were in various stages of degradation / abandonment. If you forgot to remove your boat, you can arrange with the office for a time to come to our boat yard and identify it and bail it out for $200 + $5 boat registration. We want to thank everyone who removed their boats this year, the lake shores look the best we've seen in decades.

Fall 21 Projects - we worked on several projects this fall, key was redoing the toe drains at Ramona. We also did some headgate work along our primary supply ditch and dam maintenance at Hiawatha and Letitia.